- Alabama state law does not require the teaching of sexuality education.
- Students in grades 5–12 must receive instruction about HIV/AIDS through a health education program.
- Since the April 2021 enactment of HB 385, all sex ed instruction must be medically accurate.
- Sex ed curricula are not required to include instruction on consent.
- Parents or guardians may remove their children from instruction pertaining to “disease, its symptoms, development, and treatment” if the content is in conflict with their religious beliefs. This is referred to as an opt-out policy.
- Alabama Course of Study: Health Education lays out the minimum content requirements for topics such as HIV, STDs, and pregnancy prevention
Some Sex Ed Advocates Within the State
- Planned Parenthood Southeast’s Teen Advocates for Sexual Health (TASH) program
- Alabama Campaign for Adolescent Sexual Health
For more detailed information on how various districts in the state have been implementing these standards — and for recent legislation — you can read SIECUS’s Alabama profile.