CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News UpdateILLINOIS: State Health Director Calls for Better Sex Ed in Schools
May 1, 2013
CBS Chicago (04.28.2013)
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Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck urged state lawmakers to vote for a bill that updates sex education requirements in Illinois schools. As evidence of the need for enhanced education, Hasbrouck cited the high incidence of STDs in Illinois. Cook County has the highest incidence of syphilis and gonorrhea and the second highest rate of chlamydia in the country, according to Hasbrouck. In addition, more than 100 Illinois counties reported at least one case of chlamydia in 2012.
Hasbrouck noted that present state law allows Illinois schools and school districts to opt out of providing sex education. Also, current Illinois sex education programs tend to be abstinence-based. Hasbrook recommends this be replaced with an “ABC” approach: “A being abstinence, B being be faithful or monogamous, and C being condom and contraception.” The proposed law would allow parents to remove their children from sex education classes.