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A survey conducted by Rutgers University has found that many children in America don’t receive enough sexual education. This issue is despite the topic helping them deal with STDs and birth control.

The researchers found out that about 50% of adolescents living in the U.S received sex education that met the minimum requirement. In addition, most adolescents received no information on preventing STDs and using birth control.

Girls, minorities, and the LGBTQ community received less sex education 

The researchers also discovered that specific demographics educated their children according to their gender. For instance, girls were most likely to hear about abstaining from sex until marriage. Boys in these same demographics learned how to use a condom.

Moreover, many Hispanic and black boys received less guidance on STI prevention, birth control, and saying no to sex than Caucasian boys. Adolescents in the LGBTQ group were also less likely to know about birth control and HIV/STI prevention.

According to the department chair of Urban-Global Public Health at Rutgers school of public health, Leslie  M Kantor, adolescents lack the sex education necessary to manage their sex lives. Kantor also points out that girls receiving different education and minority groups receiving less education is also a problem. For this reason, policymakers should ensure that adolescents receive inclusive and equitable sex education. Adolescents in religious schools also face challenges learning about sex education as many teachers did not teach about birth control.

How researchers carried out the survey

The team looked at data from the National Survey of Family Growth which had gathered 7946 children. It evaluated how gender, location, race, timing, and sexual orientation affected sex education. They found that more than 75% of children were taught how to say no to sex. Furthermore, 60% learned about birth control compared to 1995, when more than 80% did.

Kantor states that the U.S has field families by providing them with little to no sex education. She adds that policymakers should ensure children receive the appropriate sex education at the right age. Moreover, these policymakers should ensure that education is inclusive despite the gender and socioeconomic groups of the children to help them have healthy sexual lives.