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High school sex ed falling short By Melissa Baker The Miami Student Often sexuality education is a taboo in American culture As a result sexual education programs at many schools create controversy Ohio only requires schools to provide HIV and STD education and 13 states do not require schools to provide either According to Dr Gregory Garnett medical director of Student Health Services its common for schools not to offer healthy sexual education They take the mentality that students arent supposed to be doing that therefore we dont talk about it Students raised in this environment are uninformed what they hear may be inaccurate Garnett said Its difficult for students to discern whats real and whats not real In fact several studies have shown that among young adults levels of sexual activity have decreased or remained the same after sex education programs included information about condoms according to the American School Health Association There are disagreements about the form that sexual education should take said Laura Ault communications coordinator for Planned Parenthood However she added To say nothing is to teach nothing For many Miami students their sex education developed at the university My schools sex education program wasnt very good said fifth-year student Kathleen Smith Her seventh grade class at an all-girls school learned mostly about reproduction STDs or contraception were not discussed until Smiths health teacher covered them in high school In this day and age sex education should start earlier for kids Smith said Theres so much more to consider besides pregnancy especially STDs and HIVAIDS At Miami there are organizations whose mission is to educate students about pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease prevention HIVAIDS abstinence and outercourse or sexual activity that does not involve intercourse SHAPE or Sexual Health Awareness Peer Education offers a variety of programs geared toward college students According to Karen Murray adviser to SHAPE a
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