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Comprehensive Sex Ed

Updated: May 6, 2020

Q: What is comprehensive sex ed?

A: Comprehensive sex education includes topics that go beyond abstinence to include evidence-based, medically accurate information that allows students to make informed decisions about their health. This includes information about healthy relationships, communication skills, consent, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and LGBTQ+ resources.

Unlike an abstinence-only curriculum, comprehensive sex ed teaches teens that abstinence is not the only option available to them. While abstinence is still encouraged and emphasized as the only 100% effective method for preventing unplanned pregnancies and STDs, students learn that if they choose to engage in sex at any point in their lives, there are steps they can take to be prepared and protected, such as using birth control and condoms and communicating respectfully with their partner.

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Danielle Lewald, MPH, CPH, Adolescent Health Resource Coordinator, Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County, Inc.

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