Bill Drafted to Require HIV/AIDS Education in Schools

Bill Drafted to Require HIV/AIDS Education in Schools

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(AP) -- A State lawmaker is drafting a bill that would require Utah's teens to be better informed about AIDS.

The bill drafted by Representative Carol Spackman Moss of Holladay would require HIV/AIDS prevention be taught in schools.

Right now, education officials say students are getting the basics. But say HIV/AIDS prevention lessons vary by community because they're inherently tied to human sexuality.

The bill would complement the current lessons being taught in schools. The law requires students learn disease prevention, the one-line bill, still in draft form, would include HIV/AIDS education.

Thirteen percent of Utahans infected with HIV/AIDS are between the ages of 13 to 24. Almost all live along the Wasatch Front and Three-fourths are male.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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