Bonnie Lake Courier-Herald (09.14.2013)
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Washington State’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced its recent receipt of a five-year, $1.85 million grant to implement school-based sexual health programs that would include information on HIV and STD prevention. CDC awarded the grant, called “Promoting Adolescent Health Through School-Based HIV/STD Prevention and School-based Surveillance,” to 19 states and 17 school districts to teach students about healthy relationships by providing them with sexual health education and access to sexual health services.
According to Washington’s 2012 Healthy Youth Survey, approximately three fifths of high school seniors are sexually active. “The most effective way to help students learn about healthy relationships, and to help them learn how to reduce the spread of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases is by educating them,” according to Randy Dorn, state superintendent of public instruction. “The grant we received from the CDC will help us do just that.”
The grants total $14 million and will help CDC partner with states to decrease high-risk sexual behavior and increase STD prevention and contraceptive use. OSPI will work with several state and national organizations, including Washington’s Association of nine regional Educational Service Districts.