Medically Accurate Sexual Health Education (MASHE) is not currently required by Missouri state law. Right now in Missouri, IF a school chooses to teach sexual health education, the law says it can be medically accurate OR it can follow federally approved abstinence-only guidelines.

MASHE ensures that all information regarding sexual health is medically accurate. In contrast to MASHE, many of the federally approved abstinence-only curricula contain misinformation that is dangerous to students’ health and puts students at risk of an unintended pregnancy.

Studies show that teaching abstinence-only-unless-married curricula does not decrease teen sexual activity but does decrease the likelihood of teens using condoms or other types of contraception while engaging in sexual activity.  

Teaching comprehensive medically accurate sexual health education has been shown to decrease teen pregnancy rates, delay initiation of sexual activity, and increase the use of contraception.  TPPP is committed to advocating for MASHE in all Missouri schools to keep Missouri students healthy and safe!

Looking for resources and research regarding medically accurate sexual health education (MASHE)? Use the resources below to educate, motivate and engage students, teachers, parents and the community to support MASHE.

Adapted from the Working to Institutionalize Sex Ed (WISE) toolkit: