The American Medical Association (AMA) urges schools to implement comprehensive, developmentally appropriate sexuality education programs that:
- Are based on rigorous, peer reviewed science;
- Show promise for delaying the onset of sexual activity and a reduction in sexual behavior that puts adolescents at risk for contracting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other sexually transmitted diseases;
- Include an integrated strategy for making condoms available to students and for providing both factual information and skill-building related to reproductive biology, sexual abstinence, sexual responsibility, contraceptives including condoms, alternatives in birth control, and other issues aimed at prevention of pregnancy and sexual transmission of diseases;
- Utilize classroom teachers and other professionals who have shown an aptitude for working with young people and who have received special training that includes addressing the needs of gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth;
- Include ample involvement of parents, health professionals, and other concerned members of the community in the development of the program; and
- Are part of an overall health education program.
Council on Scientific Affairs. Report of the Council on Scientific Affairs. [Action of the AMA House of Delegates 1999 Interim Meeting, CSA Report 7-I-99]. Chicago, IL: American Medical Association, 1999.
Updated May 2008