KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss
OLYMPIA, Wash. – A national grant will help school districts in Washington State teach teenagers about sexual health and how to avoid contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Washington is one of 19 states to get a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Suzanne Hidde with the state office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction says HIV education is mandatory in the state, but sexual health education is currently optional.
She hopes the grant will encourage all school districts to start teaching sexual health.
Hidde says education is the best way to prevent STD’s.
The five year, nearly $2 million grant will help school districts develop classes that teach kids about sexual health.
Fifteen districts with higher STD rates will receive extra help.
According to the 2012 Healthy Youth Survey, nearly three out of every five high school seniors in Washington have had sex.