North Carolina County Board of Health To Recommend School Board Alter Abstinence-Only Sex Education Policy
July 24, 2003
The Gaston County, N.C., Board of Health on Monday said that it will begin a campaign to lower teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted disease rates in the county, including opening a discussion with school board members about ways to include information on condoms and birth control in the county's sex education curriculum, the Charlotte Observer reports. Gaston County schools currently teach abstinence-only sex education that does not include information about condoms or birth control. The county's teen pregnancy rate of 76.5 pregnancies per 1,000 teens ages 15 to 19 is higher than the North Carolina state average of 69.3 pregnancies per 1,000 teens, according to the Observer. In addition, 641 Gaston County residents have been diagnosed with HIV since February 1986; about 30% of the people were infected during their teen years (Gregory, Charlotte Observer, 7/23).
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