Reduce the spread of HIV in Tennessee's youth with AIDS education in High School
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State Rep. Courtney Rogers
State Rep. Harry Brooks
State Rep. Barry Doss
State Rep. Kevin Brooks
State Rep. Joseph Pitts
State Rep. Bill Dunn
State Rep. Craig Fitzhugh
State Rep. Dale Carr
State Rep. John DeBerry
State Rep. Raumesh Akbari
State Rep. Ron Lollar
State Rep. Debra Moody
State Rep. Joe Carr

Reduce the spread of HIV in Tennessee's youth with AIDS education in High School

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Tennessee’s adolescents (age 13-19) are disproportionately at risk of HIV infection when compared to other youth and young adults in the United States. Like adolescents age 13-19 in other Southern states, the rate of HIV diagnosis in Tennessee’s young people (12.0 out of 100,000 people) is higher than the national rate (9.1 out of 100,000 people). Since 1999 in the United States, the rate of AIDS diagnosis in youth age 13-19 has increased each year.

Tennessee must do more to protect its youth from the spread of HIV.

Current Tennessee law makes AIDS education optional in Tennessee High Schools in grades 9-12. Good health education cannot remain optional.

The AIDS Education Act (HB0226/SB0732) will require each local board of education in Tennessee to adopt an AIDS education program for its high school students in grades 9-12. The Fiscal Review Committee of the Tennessee General Assembly determined that “any increase in state or local expenditures will be not significant” if this bill becomes law.

Educating Tennessee youth on the risks of HIV infection in high school will reduce health care costs in the State of Tennessee with no significant up front expenditure.

If you live in Tennessee, tell the House Education Subcommittee to vote for HB0226 when it meets on March 23, 2011. Then share this petition with your friends through Facebook, Twitter and email. 

- Jonathan Cole, TEP Board Chair

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    Reasons for signing

    • Leslie Gray OLYMPIA, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      Having strong religious convictions is an admirable thing, but that alone will not protect our children from the spread of HIV/AIDS. Just look at the history of the spread of this illness and you will see that the majority of those infected are from under educated bible belt communities where fear of reproach prevents even seeking help for illness.

      The state of Tennessee needs to wake up and join the 21st century. There is an epidemic killing the uninformed and the only way to stop it is to become informed about the risks involved in sex.

      It is only necessary to look at health statisics to realize that abstenence based sex education does not work. The only thing that does work, is knowledge which comes from real education. That is the responsibility of state government. Do the right thing, and require HIV/AIDS education in Tennessee schools.

    • David Durrett MURFREESBORO, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      As the father of a 16 year old boy, I want to be assured that the information he gets at school backs up the information he gets from home. Since much of the spread of HIV is prevented through knowledge of safe sexual practices, I feel it is important for our children's health to give them the basic information to inform the decisions they will often make on their own. Our best bet is not to blindly deprive them of information, thinking this will prevent them becoming sexually active, but to ensure that even should they become sexually active, they have the correct information to make informed choices, This can literally be life-saving information.

      Thank you for listening.

    • Pedro Cruz ROCKFORD, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      i agree w/ andrew heugel.

    • DeGuyz in Mississippi POPLARVILLE, MS
      • over 3 years ago

      Don't let Tennessee fall into the ranks of Mississippi,Alabama and other southern states. This disease doesn't discriminate. The more the kids can learn, the better for the state. Federal monies allow for treatment and the southern states need to man up and take responsibility for the health of all of their citizens before you have a health care crisis you won't be able to manage.. Jimmy Armstrong

    • Andrew Heugel BREWSTER, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      We need more HIV, STD and general health education for youth everywhere. The head in the sand approach advocated by the religious right is wrong. Ignorance = disease and death!


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