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.
In the state of Vermont, the Vermont Agency of Education is responsible for increasing awareness of sexual health related issues among all students throughout the state. In addition, they are responsible for make students aware of all public services available to them. Raising awareness includes discussing issues through sex education in schools. Topics include a variety of health related issues such as sexual health, LGBTQ education, HIV/AIDS and STD prevention education, sexual violence prevention and healthy relationships training This cast array of classroom topics exposes Vermont students to a diverse and complete sex education..
Vermont received a grant award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called “Promoting Adolescent Health Through School-Based HIV/STD Prevention.” The grant was a competitive process, and Vermont was one of only two states to receive the grant in order to set up newer programs for advancing the education of youth about STDs and HIV. This award means that Vermont will continue to develop the best possible sexual health education for its young people.
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 Vermont.