In honor of Sex Ed For All Month, celebrated every year in the month of May, we’re thrilled to partner with Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest to share an important community resource: Sex Ed To-Go.
Sex Ed To-Go (SETG) is a free, bilingual sex education platform that provides helpful tips for parents on how to talk to their kids about sex, helps youth learn foundational knowledge about health and relationships, and offers resources and trainings for teachers.
Courses for youth cover a wide range of topics – from reproductive anatomy, puberty, pregnancy prevention methods, sexually transmitted infections, consent, healthy relationships, and more. Courses for parents help you explore and manage your own emotions and messages about sex, and teach you tips and tricks for effective conversations.
So much of sexual and reproductive health is rooted in autonomy and having answers when you need them. It’s our hope that young people can grow up in a world where they have the tools they need about sexual health so they can make the best decisions for their health and their lives. Dismantling Chancla Culture also means addressing the harmful cultural practices that keep us from healing, like shame and silence around sex.
Access to quality reproductive and sexual health information is critical for adolescents and young adults, but particularly for Latinx youth – who too often lack basic access to health care, and for whom conversations about sexual and reproductive health incite discomfort, stigma and shame in the home.
While young people ages 15-24 represent only one-quarter of the sexually active population, they account for nearly half of all new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) each year. According to the Guttmacher Institute, the number of schools across the United States providing sexual health education declined between 2000 and 2014. In 2016, only 38% of U.S. high schools provided comprehensive instruction on sexual health education, while a dismal 14% of U.S. middle schools provided sexual health education.
What’s more, as of 2017, fewer than 7% of queer students reported that their sex education included positive representations of LGBTQ-related topics.
It’s our hope at Latinx Parenting that parents, guardians, those who work with young people, and young people themselves, are all equipped to communicate with one another about sexual and reproductive health.
Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest strives to ensure that every person – regardless of their race, income, insurance, gender identity, sexual orientation, abilities, or immigration status – can access expert, compassionate sexual and reproductive health care and education without shame or judgment. Sex Ed To-Go makes this a real possibility – in two languages, from the comfort and privacy of your home.
Be sure to follow Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest on social media at @pppswhealth for up-to-date information.