Essay about Sex Education For American Public Schools

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Introduction The topic I have chosen for my perspective paper is regarding sex education in American public schools. The topic itself has been and continues to be a controversial issue in the United States. The two main styles taught in American schools include: comprehensive and abstinence-only sex education. Comprehensive is evidence based education which focuses on abstinence as a choice. It teaches individuals about contraception, sexually transmitted diseases and techniques of avoiding such diseases. In contrast abstinence-only education emphasizes abstinence until marriage and dismisses any information regarding contraception. Therefore, I have chosen to focus specifically on those in favor of comprehensive and proponents of abstinence-only curriculum in public schools.
Background
Sex education in American public schools is a continuously disputed issue that needs to be settled. The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to be a serious health concern among young people. According to research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost half of the 19 million new cases of STIs annually are among young individuals between the ages of 15-24 (HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections, 2014). Despite the fact that teenage pregnancy rates have significantly decreased in the turn of the century, out of all developed nations, the United States has the highest teenage pregnancy rates. In efforts to reduce the spread of blood-borne related illnesses and…

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