Girls age 15 to 19 have the highest rates of Gonorrhea and the second highest rate of Chlamydia of any age group.
Young males also get STIs, but their infections often are undiagnosed and unreported because they are less likely to have symptoms or seek medical care.
Creates additional requirements for sex education, including teaching the benefits of delaying sexual activity and stressing importance of using effective contraceptives to prevent unintended pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Requires the Department of Education, among other things, to develop list of appropriate curricula and create rules for instructor qualifications.
Provides that a student may be excused from the portion of a program or class upon written request by the student's parent or guardian.
HB 406 Requires age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education in kindergarten through grade 12.
Creates additional requirements for sex education, including the importance of using effective contraceptives to prevent unintended pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.Prohibits a student's attendance without such permission. SB 146 Updates existing law related to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to apply provisions that previously only applied to HIV to all STIs.A new definition is established to include HIV and relevant types of hepatitis in the STI definition.The most recent data available, in 2000, indicates the estimated direct medical costs for treating young people with sexually transmitted infections was .5 billion annually, excluding costs associated with HIV/AIDS.In 2011, approximately 24 percent of new HIV diagnoses were young people age 13 to 24.