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Education: a vaccine for HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS education in schools is often denied to children and young people because the subject is considered too sensitive or controversial to be taught or it is difficult to find a place for it in an already overcrowded school curriculum. This document examines the challenges affecting the implementation of HIV/AIDS education in schools, it also documents effective responses, which include creating a partnership between policy-makers, religious and community leaders, parents and teachers in order to ensure the implementation of an effective HIV/AIDS education programme.
This position paper addresses the integration of HIV/STD-related programmes into the school system, whether through education about reproductive health, life skills or other important health issues. It also discusses the development and monitoring of policies that are essential for effective programmes, and provides information on how young people can learn to cope with the increasingly complex demands of relationships.
The intent of the document is to provide a fundamental outline of the major issues relating to HIV and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the school environment, including educational efforts and policy principles.