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  1. Sex and HIV education

    Most states today have a policy requiring HIV education, usually in conjunction with broader sex education. Meanwhile, as debate over the relative merits of abstinence-only-until marriage versus more comprehensive approaches has intensified, states have enacted a number of specific content requirements. This brief summarizes state-level sex and HIV education policies, as well as specific content requirements, based on a review of state laws, regulations and other legally binding policies.

  2. 3Rs campaign kit: rights, respect, responsibility: the campaign

    Rights. Respect. Responsibility.® is Advocates for Youth’s national, long-term campaign giving voice to a new vision of adolescent sexual health. These core values underpin Advocates’ vision of a society where adolescents are valued, public health policy is driven by scientific research, and sexuality is viewed as a normal and healthy part of being human, of being a teen, of being alive.

  3. National teacher preparation standards for sexuality education

    The National Teacher Preparation Standards for Sexuality Education were created to provide guidance to programs within institutions of higher education in order to better prepare undergraduate pre-service students to deliver sexuality education. The development of the Teacher Preparation Standards are part of the ongoing Future of Sex Education (FoSE) Initiative, which has as its goal that every young person in public school has high quality, comprehensive sexuality education that is developmentally-, culturally- and age-appropriate. …

  4. Reproductive health programs for young adults: school-based programs

    There is an urgent need for the global community to act on the preceding principles and recommendations. Currently comprising more than 1.5 billion people, young adults, defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as those individuals aged 10 to 24, face considerable threats to their reproductive health. …

  5. Comparison of Health Education and STD Risk Reduction Interventions for Incarcerated Adolescent Females

    Adolescent girls imprisoned in state reformatories were recruited (N=246) to an 18-month health education or HIV prevention program. A randomized block design was used to assign girls to one of the two programs. Girls in the HIV prevention program had improved risk reduction and condom use skills. At 9 months of follow-up, girls in both groups reported less sex under the influence of alcohol or drugs and less unprotected sex.

  6. Mobilizing communities around HIV prevention for youth: how three coalitions applied key strategies to bring about structural changes

    Increasingly, HIV prevention efforts must focus on altering features of the social and physical environment to reduce risks associated with HIV acquisition and transmission. Community coalitions provide a vehicle for bringing about sustainable structural changes. This article shares lessons and key strategies regarding how three community coalitions located in Miami and Tampa, Florida, and San Juan, Puerto Rico engaged their respective communities in bringing about structural changes affecting policies, practices and programs related to HIV prevention for 12-24-year-olds. …

  7. Moments in time: HIV/AIDS advocacy stories

    This collection of stories highlights some of the key advocacy moments of our time as told from the unique perspective of those who are engaged in advocacy work in communities around the world. In all, 16 different advocacy organizations are profiled in this manual. Although the stories focus on HIV/AIDS, the advocacy models are applicable to other settings and other issues. The selected advocacy stories are those working within and among the following constituent groups: women, people living with HIV/AIDS, and faith-based organizations. …

  8. Applying social franchising techniques to youth reproductive health/HIV services

    The paper examines what role social franchising might have in expanding reproductive health and HIV services for youth. Four types of social franchising models for youth: joint venture, community, private provider, and governmental are described including observations and suggestions for next steps in the field of social franchising and youth. This paper challenges those working with youth to consider how to apply to their youth programmes the techniques used by social franchising programmes designed for adults.

  9. Games for adolescent reproductive health: an international handbook

    The handbook outlines how to games can be used to provide youth with information and skills about sex and sexuality to protect them from HIV and other STIs, HIV/AIDS, unwanted pregnancy, rape, and emotional and physical violence. It includes contributions from adolescent health experts around the world, including relevant theory, 45 games to play, card sets to photocopy and cut out, and tips on how to create your own game.

  10. Handbook for evaluating HIV education

    The handbook is comprised of eight interrelated yet separate booklets, each addresses a particular evaluation need. These booklets address evaluation of HIV policy, HIV curricula, HIV staff development programmes, and HIV-related student outcomes. They can be of use to help assess the equality of HIV education programmes at the state and local levels.

  11. Growing into healthy sexuality: for grades 6-8

    This publication is part of the Teenage Health Teaching Modules, a comprehensive health education curriculum for middle and high school students. The eight sessions in this module emphasizes the importance of developing a healthy sense of self, understanding gender roles, and making safe, respectful decisions. The module includes three optional sessions on puberty and incorporates clear messages about abstinence. …

  12. Safe sex efficacy workshop

    The kit was designed as a three-hour workshop to increase college students' self-efficacy, or belief in their own ability to act successfully to prevent HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

  13. Improving health through schools: national and international strategies

    This publication describes the different strategies implemented to improve health through schools. The chapters present the current health concerns among school-age children and adolescents, and the strategic responses of governments, national and international organizations to address health issues through schools. …

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