Comprehensive reproductive and sexual health education (CSE) provides young people with critical information on how to protect their health and the skills to do so. Access to scientific, accurate, and unbiased information on sexual health and sexuality, including information on contraception, can delay a young person’s first sexual experience, increase use of contraception, and lead to fewer sexual partners.3 Additionally, CSE has been recognized as a powerful mechanism for reducing maternal mortality4, infant mortality5, abortion rates6, adolescent pregnancies7, and HIV/AIDS prevalence.8 Yet abstinence-only education, now renamed sexual risk avoidance education, is the curriculum chosen by lawmakers in Tennessee, and in Memphis, even that may be out of reach.

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