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Comprehensive Sexuality Education

“As young women, mothers, and grandmothers, we believe that comprehensive sex education is critical to effectively preventing the transmission of HIV.”
Member, Center for Women & HIV Advocacy

Comprehensive sexuality education promotes a positive view of sexuality as a natural part of human development. It provides information about sexual abstinence as well as pregnancy and disease protection, and provides teens with skills to ensure they are able to take care of their sexual health and make healthy, responsible decisions. “That is what the fight for comprehensive sex education is all about – giving youth – especially our young women – the tools and information they need to stay healthy,” says Tracy L. Welsh, Executive Director of HIV Law Project.

HIV Law Project’s new publication Comprehensive Sex Education: A Campaign Toolkit for HIV Advocates is a practical, hands-on resource for advocates interested in pushing for comprehensive sexuality education as a tool for preventing HIV transmission among our youth. The toolkit is designed for advocates around the country who are interested in learning more about comprehensive sexuality education, and the importance of this issue in the fight to end HIV/AIDS. It has been distributed nationwide to about 600 HIV+ women advocates through the Positive Women’s Network and is now available on-line.

Comprehensive sexuality education is a human rights issue as much as it is a health issue. The women involved with the Center for Women & HIV Advocacy know this on a personal level and have dedicated hours, weeks, months and now years to fighting for improved policy in this area. This toolkit is one more contribution to the effort.