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  • Writer's pictureAva Babington

The Lack of Sex Education in Florida Schools

I was sitting in my anatomy and physiology class learning about viral diseases, and HIV was brought up as an example. A girl made a comment about how women cannot get HIV, which is 100% incorrect.

Her comment triggered a conversation about sex education, and most of the students in my class sat there with their jaws ajar, acting like they were shocked by said knowledge.

After my teacher noticed a big chunk of the class had no prior sex education knowledge, she canceled her original lesson for the day and gave a lecture on it.

The topics of sex ed my teacher had to teach were these:

  • what HIV is and the different types of it

  • that women can get HIV

  • the difference between oral and genital herpes

  • how cold sores are linked to HIV

  • how HIV can affect reproductive health in men and women

She also explained not to sleep around with those you do not know; this is not based on morality but rather the health complications that may arise from sleeping with strangers.

It was highly upsetting for me to watch the students in my class just now learning about the basics of sex education. These kids are very close to adulthood, so it is disappointing that they did not know how to keep themselves safe.

The problem is, this was not the first time I have been in a class where kids did not know some topics relating to sex education.

During my freshman year, a conversation about menstruation was brought up in my biology class. The girls in that class, including me, did not know the science around having periods, ovulation, or overall just vaginal health.

Women not knowing about their own bodies and how they work is a significant health concern and, quite frankly, frightening.

In Florida, multiple legislation has been passed that prohibits conversations in school about sex and sexuality education, along with talks about menstruation. As I previously said, it is truly alarming that women can not learn about their bodies and that students cannot learn how to have sex safely.

To the adults reading this, many of you think teenagers having sex is not right, but you must acknowledge that it happens. Admit that kids are sharing vapes, joints, or drinks. With that being said, put your moral beliefs aside and educate your children. In the case of them having sex or sharing substances, would you not want them to be prepared and know the dangers of HIV, or any other sexually transmitted disease? I know I would.

The same goes for those who are mothers or fathers of daughters; teach them about their bodies. Have conversations about vaginal health, puberty, menstruation, and pregnancy. It may feel uncomfortable but do not put your daughter in a situation where she has to rely on Google for answers regarding her own body.

The Florida government has failed its students, so parents, please teach your children what they will not let us learn at school.

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