Well-designed comprehensive sex education, not limited to abstinence, is essential to the health of young people and their communities, Dr. Sanjeev Sriram told the Education Town Hall. Parents are more likely to support sex education that is developed by medical experts, says Dr. Sriram, AKA “Dr. America.” Presenting young people with material that is medically accurate helps open a conversation in the home as well.
Opening lines of communication between families, educators, and health professionals is essential, Dr. America argues. Also crucial is ending the culture of shame associated with sexuality and sexual activity.
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Dr. Sriram is a pediatrician and assistant professor of pediatrics with degrees in Minority Health Policy and Public Health. He writes on health policy and hosts We Act Radio’s “Dr. America” program on health justice.
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