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New Hampshire State Profile Fiscal Year 2007

The Department of Health and Human Services received $94,901 in federal funds for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs in Fiscal Year 2007. 1

  

New Hampshire Sexuality Education Law and Policy

In New Hampshire, the State Board of Education must develop and provide HIV/AIDS educational materials to all school boards and “private and public elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational and vocational training institutions.”

New Hampshire produced the Health Education Curriculum Guidelines in 2003. The guidelines specify that in elementary school, instruction on family life and sexuality should cover: families and relationships, growth and development, and HIV/AIDS (including explaining that HIV is not transmitted through casual contact and discussing the importance of having compassion for people with HIV/AIDS). In middle schools, this instruction should cover: families and relationships, growth and development, sexual behavior, HIV and other STD prevention, and pregnancy prevention. In high schools, this instruction should cover: families and relationships (including violence and date rape), sexual behavior, HIV and other STD prevention, and pregnancy prevention. The guidelines state that abstinence is the most effective means of preventing pregnancy, HIV, and other STDs.

No curriculum is recommended by the state nor does the state have limitations on what may or may not be included in instruction. 

New Hampshire does not require parental permission for students to participate in sexuality or HIV/AIDS education nor does it say whether parents or guardians may remove their children from such classes.

See New Hampshire Rule 186:11, 189:10, and Health Education Curriculum Guidelines.

Recent Legislation

SIECUS is not aware of any proposed legislation regarding sexuality education in New Hampshire.

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Events of Note 

SIECUS is not aware of any recent events regarding sexuality education in New Hampshire.

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New Hampshire’s Youth: Statistical Information of Note2 

  1. In 2007, 45% of female high school students and 45% of male high school students in New Hampshire reported ever having had sexual intercourse compared to 46% of female high school students and 50% of male high school students nationwide.
  2. In 2007, 3% of female high school students and 6% of male high school students in New Hampshire reported having had sexual intercourse before age 13 compared to 4% of female high school students and 10% of male high school students nationwide.
  3. In 2007, 11% of female high school students and 12% of male high school students in New Hampshire reported having had four or more lifetime sexual partners compared to 12% of female high school students and 18% of male high school students nationwide.
  4. In 2007, 36% of female high school students and 32% of male high school students in New Hampshire reported being currently sexually active (defined as having had sexual intercourse in the three months prior to the survey) compared to 36% of female high school students and 34% of male high school students nationwide.
  5. In 2007, among those high school students who reported being currently sexually active, 58% of females and 72% of males in New Hampshire reported having used condoms the last time they had sexual intercourse compared to 55% of females and 69% of males nationwide.
  6. In 2007, among those high school students who reported being currently sexually active, 38% of females and 17% of males in New Hampshire reported having used birth control pills the last time they had sexual intercourse compared to 19% of females and 13% of males nationwide.
  7. In 2007, among those high school students who reported being currently sexually active, 20% of females and 28% of males in New Hampshire reported having used alcohol or drugs the last time they had sexual intercourse compared to 18% of females and 28% of males nationwide.
  8. In 2007, 89% of high school students in New Hampshire reported having been taught about AIDS/HIV in school compared to 90% of high school students nationwide.

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Title V Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services received $94,901 in federal Title V Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding in Fiscal Year 2007. The Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage grant requires states to provide three state-raised dollars or the equivalent in services for every four federal dollars received. The state match may be provided in part or in full by local groups. In New Hampshire, the single sub-grantee provides the match.

The single sub-grantee in New Hampshire is Catholic Medical Center. This hospital runs the program, “Leadership in Abstinence Education,” and sub-contracts with educators across the state. Catholic Medical Center uses WAIT (Why Am I Tempted) Training, a popular fear-based abstinence-only-until-marriageprogram. SIECUS reviewed WAIT Training and found that it contained little medical or biological information and almost no information about STDs, including HIV/AIDS. Instead, it contains information and statistics about marriage, many of which are outdated and not supported by scientific research. It also contains messages of fear and shame and biased views of gender, sexual orientation, and family type. For example, WAIT Training explains, “men sexually are like microwaves and women sexually are like crockpots….A woman is stimulated more by touch and romantic words. She is far more attracted by a man’s personality while a man is stimulated by sight. A man is usually less discriminating about those to whom he is physically attracted.”3

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Community-Based Abstinence Education (CBAE) and Adolescent Family Life Act (AFLA) Grantees 

There are no CBAE or AFLA grantees in New Hampshire.

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Federal and State Funding for Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs in FY 2007

Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Grantee Length of Grant Amount of Grant Type of Grant (includes Title V, CBAE, AFLA, and other funds)

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

www.dhhs.state.nh.us/DHHS/DHHS_SITE/default.htm

$94,901  federal

Title V

Catholic Medical Center

$90,000

Title V sub-grantee

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Adolescent Health Contact4
Rhonda Siegel, MSEd
Injury Prevention, Adolescent Health, and Prenatal Program Manager
Maternal and Child Health
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
29 Hazen Drive
Concord, NY 03301
Phone: (603) 271-4700

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New Hampshire Organizations that Support Comprehensive Sexuality Education

A Community Resource Network
2 Blacksmith St.
Lebanon, NH 03766
Phone: (603) 448-8887
www.acornvtnh.org

ACLU of New Hampshire
18 Low Ave.
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 225-3080

NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire
18 Low Ave.
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 228-1224
www.prochoicenewhampshire.org

New Hampshire Citizens Alliance
4 Park St., Suite 216
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 225-2097
www.nhcitizensalliance.org

Planned Parenthood of Northern New
England
18 Low Ave.
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: 1-603-225-2925
www.ppnne.org

 

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New Hampshire Organizations that Oppose Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Citizens for Life
P.O. Box 756
North Hampton, NH 03862
Phone: (603) 964-9546 
www.citizensforlife.org

The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy
7 South State St.
P.O. Box 897
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 224-4450
www.jbartlett.org

New Hampshire Right to Life
P.O. Box 421
Merrimack,NH03054
Phone: (603) 626-7950
www.nhrtl.org

 

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Newspapers in New Hampshire5

Concord Monitor
Newsroom
P.O. Box 1177
Concord, New Hampshire 03302
Phone: (603) 224-5301
www.concordmonitor.com

Keene Sentinel
Newsroom
60 West St.
Keene, New Hampshire 03431
Phone: (603) 352-1234
www.sentinelsource.com

The Union Leader
Newsroom
P.O. Box 9555
Manchester, N.H. 03108
Phone: (603) 668-4321
www.unionleader.com

Portsmouth Herald
Newsroom
111 New Hampshire Ave.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: (800) 439-0303
www.seacoastonline.com

The Telegraph
Newsroom
P.O. Box 1008
Nashua, NH 03061
Phone: (603) 882-2741
www.nashuatelegraph.com

 

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References

  1. This refers to the fiscal year for the federal government which begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, Fiscal Year 2007 begins on October 1, 2006 and ends on September 30, 2007.  
  2. Unless otherwise cited, all statistical information comes from: Danice K. Eaton, et. al., “Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 2007,” Surveillance Summaries, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 57.SS-4 (6 June 2008), accessed 4 June 2008, http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs/index.htm>.
  3. J. Krauth-Mackenzie, WAIT (Why Am I Tempted) Training, Second Edition(Greenwood Village, CO: WAIT Training, undated).For more information, see SIECUS’ review ofWAIT Training at <http://www.communityactionkit.org/curricula_reviews.html>.
  4. SIECUS has identified this person as a state-based contact for information on adolescent health and if applicable, abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.
  5. This section is a list of major newspapers in your state with contact information for their newsrooms.This list is by no means inclusive and does not contain the local level newspapers which are integral to getting your message out to your community. SIECUS strongly urges you to follow stories about the issues that concern you on the national, state, and local level by using an internet news alert service such as Google alerts, becoming an avid reader of your local papers, and establishing relationships with reporters who cover your issues.For more information on how to achieve your media goals visit the SIECUS Community Action Kit.

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