More than 90% of Mississippi parents endorsed implementing age-appropriate sex-related education in Mississippi public schools, including the instruction of the transmission and prevention of HIV/STDs and how to get tested for HIV/STDs during sex-related education.1

According to the CDC, an evidence-based program is one shown by rigorous research to be effective in causing at least one of the following behaviors that reduce the risk of early pregnancy and HIV/STD infection:

  • delaying sexual initiation (remaining abstinent),
  • reducing the frequency of sexual intercourse (having sex less or returning to abstinence),
  • reducing the number of sexual partners (having sex with fewer partners or not having sex with new partners), and
  • increasing the use of condoms and other contraceptives.

Click here to see the list of sex education curricula that meets the CDC’s definition of “evidence-based,” which includes Draw the Line/Respect the Line and Reducing the Risk, the only two sex education curricula approved to be taught in Mississippi public schools that Teen Health Mississippi endorses.

To request training on evidence-based sex education curricula, visit our Training and Events Calendar page.


1 Center for Health Disparities Research School of Community Health Sciences.  (2014).  What Do Parents in Mississippi Really Think About Sex Education in Schools? Results of a State-Level Survey.  Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice; 7(1).  Retrieved from