ABOUT

LOUISIANA RANKS
1st

IN THE NATION

for adolescent syphilis diagnoses 

2nd

IN THE NATION

for HIV and gonorrhea diagnoses

7th

for teenage births

IN THE NATION

Well to put it bluntly–it doesn't work. Louisiana is one of many states with policies in place to encourage abstinence-only sexual education in their schools. This method of sexual education promotes abstinence as the only acceptable form of birth control and prevents teachers from educating their students about contraceptives, extramarital sex, and LGBTQ sexuality. Essentially, it's this Mean Girls scene:


 

 

 

 

 

The theory behind abstinence-only sex ed is that if we don't talk to teenagers about sex, they won't have it. Unfortunately, abstinence-only sex ed produces the exact opposite results: studies have show time and time again that the less information adolescents receive about sex, the more likely they are to do it, and the less likely they are to do it safely.

So, what's wrong with Louisiana's sex ed anway?

What is included in 

"Comprehensive Sex Ed"?

Abstinence.

Comprehensive sex ed is all about giving adolescents ALL of the facts, and the fact of the matter is that abstinence is the only 100% effective method of preventing pregnancy and STIs.

STIs.

Nobody wants them. In addition to prevention,

comprehensive sex ed should cover all aspects of each individual STI, including signs and symptoms, treatment options, and projected outcomes.

Contraceptives.

Modern medicine has gifted us with numerous options when it comes to preventing pregnancy and STIs. Comprehensive sex ed covers all of these options, including their effectiveness and proper usage.

Pregnancy.

While many abstinence-only sex ed programs include the scientific explanation of conception and fetal development, they are prohibited from discussing options for unplanned pregnancy, such as abortion and adoption.

Healthy Relationships and Consent.

There's a lot more to sex than the deed itself.

LGBTQ Sexuality.

LGBTQ young people face challenges in communities and cultures which are homophobic. They need inclusive and culturally appropriate health care and sexual health education. And, they need to be accepted and loved for who they are.  

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