ALA organizations urge lawmakers to address sex education programs


[lin_video src=×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1365548404&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4011470&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1365548404 type=script]MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — AIDS Alabama and the Alabama Alliance for Healthy Youth want Alabama lawmakers to address the potential threats of risky sexual behavior.

According to experts, more than 40 percent of high schools students are sexually active.

Of that 40 percent, 16 percent say their school does not stress the risk of contracting AIDS or HIV through risky sexual behavior.

The two organizations want Alabama legislators to draft a plan to provide more comprehensive and effective sexual health programs to Alabama students.

“In our classrooms right now, appropriate sexual health education is not being taught, including HIV education,” Lauren Banks of AIDS Alabama said. “So we’re going down to Montgomery to ask our legislators to change that.”

Organizers from the two organizations say you cannot tip toe around the issue.

A group of 75 people ages 15 to 24 made the trip to Montgomery in support of better sex education programs.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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