Outline of the state of New Mexico
New Mexico
Addresses at least one component

Sexual Health Education General—HS

Sexual Health Education General—HS

State law addresses at least one component of a comprehensive sex education curriculum, appropriate to grade level.

Health Education Standard Grades 9-12

Health education addresses the components of a comprehensive sexual health education curricula.

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New Mexico Administrative Code Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)


  • (1)Each school district shall provide instruction about HIV and related issues in the curriculum of the required health education content area to all students in the elementary grades, in the middle/junior high school grades, and in the senior high school grades.

  • (2)Educational materials and grade levels of instruction shall be determined by the local school district and shall be appropriate to the age group being taught.

  • (3)The instructional program shall include, but not necessarily be limited to:

  • (a)definition of HIV and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS);

  • (b)the symptoms and prognosis of HIV and AIDS;

  • (c)how the virus is spread;

  • (d)how the virus is not spread;

  • (e)ways to reduce the risks of getting HIV/AIDS, stressing abstinence;

  • (f)societal implications for this disease;

  • (g)local resources for appropriate medical care; and

  • (h)ability to demonstrate refusal skills, overcome peer pressure, and use decision-making skills.

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New Mexico Administrative Code 6.29.6 Health Education

(6) grades 9-12 benchmark 6: describe how to delay onset and reduce risks of potential health problems during adulthood; grades 9-12 performance Standard:

  • (a) describe and analyze how behaviors practiced early in life can potentially affect health problems during adulthood in the areas related to sexuality; nutrition; alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; physical activity; personal safety; mental, social and emotional well-being (i.e., smoking as a teenager and lung disease, poor nutritional choice and lack of physical activity and chronic diseases, sexual activity/unprotected sex and teen pregnancy/STI/HIV, etc.);

  • (b) demonstrate knowledge of pregnancy prevention and prevention of sexually transmitted infections; understand human reproduction and how pregnancy can be prevented through the use of various methods of contraception, including barrier and hormonal methods;

  • (c) understand the concept of sexually transmitted infections and recognize prevention strategies including abstinence, the proper use of condoms and immunizations

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