MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (NELSON) -- Two out of ten Tennessee teens are not being taught about HIV and AIDS, according to a recently released nationwide survey.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2011 survey shows that approximately 20% of Tennessee’s high school students are not being taught about AIDS in school.
Statistics also show that more than 17% of Tennessee’s high school students are sexually active.
Middle Tennessee State University senior Joshjuan Jones says his Memphis high school didn’t provide much sex education of any kind.
“Well, I mean, maybe in biology they may mention, I guess, the sex parts of the male and female but besides that no just further education or anything about it.”
Jones later stressed that at his school sex education was mainly left up to parents.
“… But most parents don’t have that talk with their kids, you know, so.” (Duration: 1:26-1:31)
According to the CDC, 19% of students have never been taught about HIV and AIDS in school and only about 13% of high school students have been tested for the disease.