UNDERSTANDING SEXUALITY AND SEX EDUCATION

Posted: April 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

Sexual development is an integral and important part of human development. Sexual health is an important component of health throughout the life-span. Sex education is a major component of comprehensive health education, the goal of which is to help children and adolescents become healthy adults with responsible health behaviors.

There is a growing fear among parents and guardians that sex education will promote adolescent sexual activity and increase the risk of pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and HIV infection among teenagers. Careful and objective scholarly research has shown that sex education does not increase rates of sexual activity among teenagers and does increase knowledge about sexual behavior and its consequences. It also increases prevention behaviors among those who are sexually active.

Young people are exposed to numerous influences upon their sexual attitudes and behaviors every day from the media, their peers, their parents, and other adults. Sex education/family life education is valuable in its ability to truthfully educate young people about sex and its risks, to provide them with knowledge to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancy and STIs, including HIV infection. Young people must have accurate and sufficient information to make responsible choices and to become responsible adults. Teaching correct information about sexuality or any other topic in school does not prevent any parent from teaching and modeling values and expectations in the home, rather it should assist parents in providing opportunities for family communication.

It is only wise therefore, for parents or guardians to register their adolescents at any nearest adolescent-friendly centre to get the necessary accurate information on health matters.

Courtesy American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ACOG)

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