The bill includes that accurate, age-appropriate and culturally responsive STI prevention curricula shall be provided to schools.
HB 859/ SB 1056 Requires each public school that offers programs regarding human sexuality, including family planning, pregnancy, or sexually transmitted infections prevention, including the prevention of HIV and AIDS, to provide comprehensive, medically accurate, and factual information that is developmentally and age appropriate.
The most recent data available, in 2000, indicates the estimated direct medical costs for treating young people with sexually transmitted infections was .5 billion annually, excluding costs associated with HIV/AIDS.
In 2011, approximately 24 percent of new HIV diagnoses were young people age 13 to 24.
A new definition is established to include HIV and relevant types of hepatitis in the STI definition.
Requires that school districts provide sex education that is medically accurate and age and developmentally appropriate in grades kindergarten through 12.
Creates additional requirements for sex education, including the importance of using effective contraceptives to prevent unintended pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Allows the Department of Education to make modifications to ensure age-appropriate curricula in elementary school.
Requires the Department to maintain a public list of curricula that meets requirements of law and to create standards for instructor qualifications.