A State of Sex Education 2016

A visualization of state policies regarding sex education in the United States of America. *

Filters

24

50

States

  • Yes
  • Data N/A
  • No
  • Stressed
  • Covered
  • Data N/A
  • No
  • Inclusive
  • *
  • **
  • ***
  • Data N/A
  • No
  • Yes
  • HIV Only
  • Data N/A
  • No

* Require only negative information on sexual orientation.

** If HIV education is taught in Arizona it cannot "promote" a "homosexual lifestyle" or portray homosexuality in a positive manner.

*** Mandated HIV education in Oklahoma teaches that among other behaviors that "homosexual activity" is considered to be "responsible for contact with the AIDS virus".

Highlights


Mandatory States

  • 24 states and the District of Columbia mandate sex education.
  • 21 states and the District of Columbia mandate both sex education and HIV education.
  • 2 states only mandate sex education.

On Quality

  • 13 states require instructions be medically accurate.
  • 26 states and the District of Columbia require information to be age appropriate.
  • 8 states require information is not biased against race, sex or ethnicity.
  • 2 states prohibit sex education from promoting religion.

On Contraception

18 states and the District of Columbia require that information on contraception be provided.

On Abstinence

  • 37 states require information on abstinence be provided.
  • 26 states require that abstinence be stressed.
  • 11 states require that abstinence be covered.