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: http://wisetoolkit.org/resources
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Sexual Risk Behaviors and Academic Achievement, CDC
Data presented from the 2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) show as sexual risk behavior decreases there is an increase in academic achievement, no matter what the sex, race/ethnicity, or grade level of students.
Comprehensive Sex Education Outcomes Versus Abstinence Only
Advocates for Youth reports on behavioral outcomes from different types of sexual health education.
Parents as Advocates for Comprehensive Sex Education in School
This Advocates for Youth handout shares research that shows 80 to 85% of parents across the United States agree that comprehensive sex education should be taught in schools.
Use the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education websiteto find basic information about school districts such as the number and types of schools (e.g., middle school, high school), enrollment data, and health education codes and standards.
Use any of these 3 Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services websites, or your local health department to find reproductive health datasuch as STI and HIV rates among adolescents.
Use the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) State School Health Policy database to explore the laws, legal codes, regulations and mandates of Missouri’s school health policies and activities. This database is searchable by state, topic and keyword.
Guttmacher Institute State Policies in Brief: Missouri
Find information on key issues affecting sexual and reproductive health and rights. The Sex and HIV Education brief summarizes state-level sex and HIV education policies.
Fact Sheets on Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (Federal Level)
These fact sheets, created by Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), provides specific talking points on comprehensive sexual health education policies.
The CDC's Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System.
Find information and data regarding health-risk behaviors among teens.
The CDC’s School Health Profiles
This is a system of surveys that look at school health policies and practices.These profiles are conducted every two years by education and health agencies.
The CDC’s School Health Policies and Practices Study
This is a national survey conducted to evaluate school health policies and practices at the state, district, school and classroom levels.
The State School Healthy Policy Database
This database has state laws and policies from all 50 states on more than 40 school health topics (including HIV, STD, and Pregnancy Prevention Education). It is compiled by the National Association of State Boards of Education.
Federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
This program, administered by the Office of Adolescent Health, is preventing teen pregnancy by replicating evidence-based programs and developing new models and innovative strategies. Over forty programs are now included in their evidence-based program list.