And in America significant disparities along racial/ethnic, income and geographical lines persist.
I've even stared down a member of the Taliban in Afghanistan when he told my escort that I was out of line for speaking too loudly in public.
But for some reason, whenever I've had to talk to someone about matters pertaining to sex, my heart begins to pulsate wildly and I start to giggle involuntarily.
And that, as I've learned first-hand, can adversely affect one's relationships and health.
Now in my forties, I can honestly say that my inability to talk about sex has led to some risky behavior throughout my life.
Incidentally, if my recollection serves me right, I believe I was the only Asian kid in the class as well.
Asians as a culture aren't exactly the most communicative bunch, especially when it comes to personal matters. Spect felt compelled to make a personal visit to my home to talk to my father.
I told my teacher that my dad flatly refused to sign the paper, saying, "Sex ed in 5th grade? I recall her telling me that it was the first time she ever went to a student's house.
She explained to Dad that the course was more about anatomy than sex.
in Leticia Jenkins' health class at James Monroe High School in the North Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. She says that a new sex ed law, the California Healthy Youth Act, implemented in the state's public schools for the first time in the 2016-2017 school year, has given her legal backing to teach what she believes all health educators in the state should have been doing all along.
The students were huddled in groups, whispering and writing down their answers on personal dry erase boards to questions like, "What do we call the name of the surgical procedure that removes the foreskin of the male penis? That is, providing sex education that is medically accurate and current, unbiased, does not promote religion, and is inclusive of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.
And across the board, our STD rates have reached an all-time high.