A program for school children, sometimes for adults, with instruction on the anatomy and physiology of sex and discussion of human sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, and pregnancy and how to avoid it when it is unwanted. Depending on cultural sensitivity and other considerations, classes may or may not be segregated into boys and girls. Education about human sexuality, as well as about human reproduction and the risks and harms caused by promiscuous sexual conduct, are widely recognized as important aspects of health promotion and prevention of unwanted pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and other sexually transmitted diseases. Some groups assert that sex education encourages promiscuity, but there is no evidence to support this assertion.
Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.