Teenage mothers are less likely to finish high school and are more likely than their peers to live in poverty, depend on public assistance, and be in poor health.
A new definition is established to include HIV and relevant types of hepatitis in the STI definition.
The bill includes that accurate, age-appropriate and culturally responsive STI prevention curricula shall be provided to schools.
HB 859/ SB 1056 Requires each public school that offers programs regarding human sexuality, including family planning, pregnancy, or sexually transmitted infections prevention, including the prevention of HIV and AIDS, to provide comprehensive, medically accurate, and factual information that is developmentally and age appropriate.
About 3.2 million adolescent females are infected with at least one of the most common STIs.
Human papillomavirus is the most common STI among teens; some estimates find that up to 35 percent of teens ages 14 to 19 have HPV.