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An undergraduate at the University of Virginia with an interest in finding solutions to health equity through education. Specific focus on LGBTQ+ sex education.

What COVID-19 can teach us about our failing system of public health education

In the movie Mean Girls, there’s an iconic scene in which the gym teacher declares, “if you have sex, you will get pregnant, and you will die”. Most who watch it will remember this scene — it’s been made into memes, gifs, and joked about. But it’s memorable not because of its humor, rather because of its brutally honest representation of American sexual education. Perhaps it’s too real, because in America, there is a crisis of sexual miseducation.

The majority of sexual education curricula is centered on pregnancy prevention and abstinence — it is inherently hetero-normative. For Damian (the gay…

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