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 Minnesota, all school districts are given assistance by the state in developing sexual health education programs. Both the state commissioner of education and the commissioner of health are active participants in this process which allows for a stronger approach to sexual health education. Any curriculum or program implemented in any school in Minnesota is designed to prevent and reduce the risk of STDs, HIV and unintended pregnancy.
It is required by state law that any sex education course taught to students should be technically accurate and updated with the newest available information. The state of Minnesota further requires that any instruction given to students must include, but not be limited to, information that pertains to being sexually abstinent until marriage. If a school district is unable to implement a sexual health education program within the school, that district must work with other local departments, such as the local health department, to develop resources for the public. Lastly, school districts are allowed to accept both public and private funds in order to develop a sexual health education program that includes STD/HIV prevention education. This has helped many areas throughout the state to have the best quality of resources for their students.
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 Minnesota.