Texas Health and Safety Code § 163.003. Additional Instructional Elements Regarding Human Papillomavirus

Course materials and instruction relating to sexually transmitted diseases must be available in English and in Spanish and should include:

(1) the following specific information on human papillomavirus:

(A) that sexual intercourse is not required to become infected with human papillomavirus and that the avoidance of skin-to-skin contact involving the genital areas offers the best protection;

(B) that both males and females may be infected with human papillomavirus and symptoms may not be present;

(C) that younger women are at greater risk of human papillomavirus infection than older women;  and

(D) that human papillomavirus may be transmitted to an infant during childbirth;

(2) information regarding the role of human papillomavirus in the development of genital warts, cervical cancer, and other diseases;  and

(3) information regarding the continuing need for women to undergo Pap smear testing, even if they have received a vaccination against human papillomavirus.


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