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What the Research Says… Comprehensive Sex Education Comprehensive sex education addresses the root issues that help teens make responsible decisions to keep them safe and healthy. These programs use a holistic approach to provide young people with complete, accurate, and age-appropriate sex education that helps them reduce their risk of HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and unintended pregnancy. Although strong evidence has shown the effectiveness of these programs, there is currently no federal funding dedicated to this critical component of education. What is Comprehensive Sex Education? Comprehensive sex education includes age-appropriate, medically accurate information on a broad set of topics related to sexuality including human development, relationships, decision making, abstinence, contraception, and disease prevention. They provide students with opportunities for developing skills as well as learning. These programs: provide young people with the tools to make informed decisions and build healthy relationships; stress the value of abstinence while also preparing young people for when they become sexually active; provide medically accurate information about the health benefits and side effects of all contraceptives, including condoms, as a means to prevent pregnancy and reduce the risk of contracting STIs, including HIV/AIDS; encourage family communication about sexuality between parent and child; teach young people the skills to make responsible decisions about sexuality, including how to avoid unwanted verbal, physical, and sexual advances; and teach young people how alcohol and drug use can effect responsible decision making Comprehensive Sex Education Reduces Risk Behaviors In November 2007, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy released Emerging Answers 2007 , an authoritative and comprehensive review of research findings on the effectiveness of HIV and sex education programs. This review of rigorously evaluated programs showed many positive results, including: 1 ―Two-thirds of the 48 comprehensive programs that supported both abstinence and the use of condoms and contraceptives for sexually active teens had positive behavioral effects.‖ Many either delayed or reduced sexual activity, reduced the number of sexual partners, or increased condom or contraceptive use. None
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