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Arizona Sexuality Education Law and Policy
Arizona does not have a law that requires schools to teach sexuality education or sexually transmitted disease (STD)/HIV education. However, Arizona law does state that if a school chooses to teach these topics, instruction must be age-appropriate and must stress abstinence.
Arizona recently requested federal Title V funds to keep abstinence -only-until-marriage sex education curriculum in schools.
Arizona Trends and Statistics
Arizona ranks second in the nation in regards to teen pregnancy, placing a great burden on these young mothers, their babies, and their families. But the costs of teen parenthood are not only personal. A 2004 study by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy found that teen childbearing costs Arizona taxpayers at least $252 million a year.
- 45% of female high school students and 47% of male high school students in Arizona reported ever having had sexual intercourse compared to 46% of female high school students and 50% of male high school students nationwide.
- Among those high school students who reported being currently sexually active, 47% of females and 65% of males in Arizona reported having used condoms the last time they had sexual intercourse compared to 55% of females and 69% of males nationwide.
- Among those high school students who reported being currently sexually active, 15% of females and 13% of males in Arizona reported having used birth control pills the last time they had sexual intercourse compared to 19% of females and 13% of males nationwide.
- In 2007, 79% of high school students in Arizona reported having been taught about AIDS/HIV in school compared to 90% of high school students nationwide
NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona strongly supports comprehensive, scientifically based and age appropriate sex education to help Arizona's young people stay healthy and make smart decisions about their bodies.
The statistics on this page are taken from SIECUS, which is an excellent resource for information on abstinence-only-until-marriage vs. medically accurate, comprehensive education curriculum. Visit their website at http://www.siecus.org/. You can fund information specific to Arizona by clicking here.
Our national affiliate has a wealth of information on this issue. You can visit their website by clicking here.