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April 23, 2010
Medical Officer of Health calls for sexual health curriculum to stay on track
Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, issued the following statement in response to Premier McGuinty's decision to "re-think" the introduction of a new sexual health curriculum for schools:

"The Ministry of Education deserves credit for producing an excellent revision to the school curriculum on sexual health. Kids need clear, unbiased, age-appropriate information and parents need the support offered by a strong sexual health program in schools.

“If there are concerns that the curriculum needs minor adjustment, I hope this will be done quickly and the new curriculum put back on track for introduction in September.

“Rates of sexually transmitted infections are increasing. In a culture where unreliable information is rampant, it is essential that our schools protect public health and promote healthy sexuality by providing evidence-driven and comprehensive sexual education.

“Research shows that when young people have good sexual health knowledge, they postpone sex and have lower rates of teen pregnancy, and they practice safer sex when they become sexually active.

“Sex education is always controversial. But good public policy must be based on sound evidence."

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Susan Sperling,
Toronto Public Health,



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