According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HIV Among Youth in the US, about 50,000 people are infected with HIV each year in the United States, and 1 in 4 new HIV infections occurs in youth aged 13 to 24 years old.
Parents are the primary source for sexuality education. Therefore, it is essential to have reality-based conversations about sex and sexuality that emphasize facts about the dangers of sexually transmitted infections and how to prevent them. After abstinence, condoms are the best protection against HIV and sexually transmitted infections. According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 87% of teens say it would be easier to avoid sex if they could have open, honest conversations with their parents about it.
Evidence-based sexuality education in school is a critical component in promoting safety, health, and responsibility. The North Carolina Healthy Youth Act requires Reproductive Health and Safety Education for students in 7th through 9th grades. The curriculum requires that students are provided with safer-sex and safety skills building information, while maintaining that abstinence is the safest choice. According to a 2008 study by the UNC School of Public Health, over 90% of parents of public school children thought sexuality education should be taught in North Carolina public schools.
WNCAP supports evidence-based sexuality education in schools that provide youth with a foundation of accurate information to help them make sound decisions now and throughout their lives.