State law addresses at least one component of a comprehensive sex education curriculum, appropriate to grade level.
The Pennsylvania Code § 4.29. HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening and communicable diseases.
(a) Instruction regarding prevention of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and other life-threatening and communicable diseases shall be given for primary, intermediate, middle school and high school education and shall follow the requirements of subsections (b) and (c).
(b) Educational materials and instruction shall be determined by the local school district and be appropriate to the age group being taught. The program of instruction must include information about the nature of the diseases, treatments and cures, methods of transmission and how infection can be prevented. The school district may omit instruction in the elementary grades on transmission of disease through sexual activity. Programs discussing transmission through sexual activity must stress that abstinence from sexual activity is the only completely reliable means of preventing sexual transmission. Programs must stress that avoidance of illegal drug use is the only completely reliable means of preventing transmission of disease through shared drug paraphernalia.
The Pennsylvania Code § Part I, Subpart A, Chapter 4, Appendix D. Academic Standard for Health, Safety and Physical Education.
E. Identify health problems that can occur throughout life and describe ways to prevent them.
- Diseases (e.g., cancer diabetes, STD/HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular disease)
- Preventions (i.e. do not smoke, maintain proper weight, eat a balanced diet, practice sexual abstinence, be physically active)