More Birth Control Needed for Middle Schoolers Says CDC

Another sign of just how far America has fallen from its moral foundation can be found in the latest announcement from the Center for Disease Control. In their report School Health Profiles 2014, just released, they state:

“Support for comprehensive, standards-based school health education is found in the following U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 20208 objectives, under Educational and Community-based Programs (ECBP):

ECBP-2: ‘Increase the proportion of elementary, middle, and senior high schools that provide comprehensive school health education to prevent health problems in the following areas: unintentional injury; violence; suicide; tobacco use and addiction; alcohol or other drug use; unintended pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and STD infection; unhealthy dietary patterns; and inadequate physical activity.’”

“Sexual Health Education Many adolescents engage in sexual risk behaviors that can result in negative sexual health outcomes. In 2010, young people aged 13–24 accounted for 26% of all new HIV infections in the United States. Almost half of the nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) reported each year are among people under age 24. Sexual health education is important to the prevention of HIV; it can help modify sexual behaviors and address the social and cultural conditions that put youth at risk for infection. When well-planned and implemented, sexual health education is associated with delayed sexual debut, fewer sexual partners, and more widespread and consistent use of condoms. Exemplary sexual health education (ESHE) is a systematic, evidence-informed approach to sexual health education that includes the use of grade-specific, evidence-based interventions. ESHE provides adolescents the essential knowledge and critical skills needed to avoid HIV, other STDs, and unintended pregnancy. It is important for schools to provide sexual health educators with the materials needed to effectively teach students in these areas. ESHE components align with the Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool and the National Health Education Standards. Further, assessment of students’ ability to engage in behaviors to prevent HIV, other STDs, and pregnancy, such as role-playing refusal skills, can help ensure that students will be confident enough to implement protective behaviors in real world settings.”