ROAR Meter

The Roar Meter is a weekly story in numbers.

  • Number of states that require sex education, HIV education, or both: 36
    • Number of states mandating both: 22
    • Number of states that require sex ed but not HIV ed: 2
    • Number of states that require HIV ed but not sex ed: 12
  • Number of states that require sex ed only when teen pregnancy rate is 19.5 or higher: 1
  • Number of states that require sex and/or HIV education be medically accurate: 13
  • Number of states that require abstinence as part or all of their sex education: 37
  • Number of states that require abstinence as part or all of their HIV education: 39
  • Number of states that require information on contraception as part of their sex education: 19
  • Number of states that require information on condoms as part of their HIV education: 20
  • Number of states prohibiting the promotion of religion in sex or HIV education: 2
    • Percentage of those states that require sex or HIV education: 50
Sources

Sex and HIV Education

Please note that for the purposes of the ROAR Meter, DC has been counted as a state.


Annika Barranti Klein is a writer, knitter, women’s banked track roller derby referee, and radical homeschooling mother. Her work has appeared at The Toast, The Establishment, and on Book Riot. She is a cis, white, bi-furious intersectional feminist.

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