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Schools Losing Ground in HIV, STD, and Pregnancy Prevention Education


Even though the vast majority of US public secondary schools teach HIV prevention in a required course, a new report shows that many are losing ground in comprehensively covering HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and pregnancy prevention in their classrooms. The trend is most acute in grades 6, 7, and 8, when students may benefit the most because many haven’t yet become sexually active.

A report in the April 6 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report examines HIV, STD, and pregnancy prevention education in public secondary schools in 45 states. The data are from School Health Profiles surveys, which have been conducted every 2 years since 1996 to assess school health programs.

Between 2008 and 2010, the report shows that in grades 6 to 8, the percentage of schools teaching 11 topics that are the basis of effective risk-reduction interventions decreased significantly in 11 states. The low…

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April 6, 2012 Posted by | Public Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Health Communications in Video (in Reducing STIs)

Sexually transmitted disease

From a Posting in Youth Health 2.o “Health Communications in Video” by Kishan on July 17, 2011

The purpose of using videos in reducing the rates of STIs, for example, is to increase “knowledge and perception of STI/HIV risk, promoting positive attitudes toward condom use” and more importantly “building self-efficacy and skills to facilitate partner treatment, safer sex, and the acquisition, negotiation and use of condoms”.

Findings from the study on the effectiveness of “Safe in the City”, show that video based interventions are simple at a “relatively low cost, likely acceptability and likelihood of healthier behaviours being adopted and sustained over time” (Warner 2008)….

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July 18, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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