The level of sex education for students varies greatly from state to state. Other states require that sex education focus primarily, or even solely, on abstinence. These differences in curriculum also create huge differences in the quality of sex education that American students receive. Let’s take a look at some of the US cities that have chosen to offer the best possible sex education to its students.
Until recently, the state of Oregon sexual health education curriculum was not required by law in any public school. School districts were required to teach a program that focuses on infectious disease that included hepatitis and HIV/AIDS awareness education. As of this year, Oregon has passed state legislation requiring some of the most comprehensive sex education throughout elementary and high school.
Though sex education wasn’t required until just this past June, many Oregon schools already offered comprehensive programs for their students. Now, all of these programs are following the exact same guidelines. All course materials and curriculum must be age-appropriate and medically accurate. Additionally, instruction on contraception must be taught as a method of reducing risk of STDs with a focus on abstinence as the best option for preventing both transmission of STDs and unintended pregnancy.
Like many other states with the best sex education programs, Oregon also includes material that helps students understand sexual orientation. These materials also give information about protecting against higher risk infections within these communities.
Once a person has become sexually active, it is important to consider STD testing. Many times, STDs do not show any obvious signs or symptoms and testing for STDs and HIV can be the only way to accurately know the status of your sexual health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that all sexually active persons be tested at least once in their life for HIV and STDs. There are many options for testing throughout the state of Oregon.