- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state’s health department is releasing a “Youth Sexual Health Plan” to address HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy prevention.

On Tuesday the health department said the plan is a guide to ensure that age-appropriate, medically accurate and unbiased sexual education programs are available to all youth in the state.

Goals of the plan include reducing teen pregnancy; providing HIV and STD screening through school-based centers; increasing access to contraception services; and promoting healthy and safe relationships and decision-making.

The health department says one in four adolescents is likely to acquire an STD. That rises to one in two for sexually active people by the age of 25.

The 22-page plan can be viewed on the Department of Health’s website, https://www.health.ny.gov/

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