HIV and Sexual Health Education Resources


Sexual Health Education

Resources listed here are for educators, administrators, and families and are not necessarily intended for classroom use. We recommend reviewing all instructional materials for alignment with district policy and state requirements before using them with students. Resources are provided for informational purposes and not as recommendations from OSPI. Contact Laurie Dils if you’re looking for resources not listed here.

Sexual Health Education

Districts, when providing sexual health education, must comply with RCW 28A.300.475, which is based on the legislature's finding "that young people should have the knowledge and skills necessary to build healthy relationships, and to protect themselves from unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection." The law defines comprehensive sexual health education, which must be age-appropriate, medically accurate, evidence-informed, address both abstinence and other prevention methods, and inclusive of all students, using language and strategies that recognize all protected classes.

Online & Remote Learning Resources

See our Training/Staff Development page for Online Professional Development opportunities

Health/Sexual Health Education Standards

Instructional Materials, Reviews, Scope & Sequence

Evidence-Based Programs and Research

Population-Specific Education

Also, see resources below on "Support for LGBTQ Students"



Washington state law requires annual HIV/AIDS Prevention Education beginning no later than grade 5 (AIDS Omnibus Act). It must be medically accurate and must address both abstinence and other methods of prevention.

Family-Child Communication

Research shows that positive communication between parents and their children can help young people establish individual values and make healthy decisions. A major study showed that adolescents who reported feeling connected to parents and their family were more likely than other teens to delay initiating sexual intercourse. Confident, loving parent-child communication leads to improved contraceptive and condom use, improved communication about sex, and fewer sexual risk behaviors among adolescents. (from "Parent-Child Communication: Promoting Sexually Healthy Youth," Advocates for Youth)

Safe & Supportive Schools

All students deserve to learn about all subjects in settings that are safe and supportive, free from sexual violence, bullying and harassment. Providing a safe learning climate is especially important when teaching sexual health education.

Dating Violence/Sexual Assault Prevention

Support for LGBTQ Students

Adolescent Health Services

Helping students change risk behaviors requires providing information, skills, motivation, and access to services. Youth in Washington have the right to confidential, youth-friendly sexual health services in the school or community setting.