Programs to Prevent and Reduce the Risks of Sexually Transmitted Infections
Minnesota Statute § 121A.23 (amends Minn. Stat. § 121.203)
Minnesota Statutes for Sexually Transmitted Infections / Human Immunodeficiency Virus / Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/STI/AIDS) Education in SchoolsIn the spring of 1988, the Minnesota legislature joined one-half of our nation's states in requiring school districts to develop and implement a comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention and risk reduction program to prevent the transmission of HIV. (Minnesota Statute 121.203) A comprehensive approach includes student and personnel receiving STI/HIV/AIDS education and working together with parents community agencies and voluntary service organizations. The Minnesota State Law (Minnesota Statute 121A.23) has nine components. Summarized, their components focus on policy, curriculum/instruction, reaching high-risk students through student services and community educational/networking. Also required is in-service for staff and school board members to implement effective prevention programs.
In the spring of 1999, the Minnesota legislature amended Minnesota Statute 121.203, and renumbered it to the new "Minnesota Statute 121A.23 - Programs to Prevent and Reduce the Risks of Sexually Transmitted Infections and Diseases."
The initial and major goal of the old statute 121.203 required school districts to develop and implement a comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention and risk reduction program by addressing the nine components of the law, and this remains closely intact. However, the new statute 121A.23 goes beyond HIV and AIDS to include "sexually transmitted diseases" and "helping students to abstain from sexual activity until marriage."