Preventable health risk behaviors are often established during adolescence and continue into adulthood. Helping adolescents make healthy choices requires the involvement of families, communities, and many other sectors of society—schools are an essential part of that effort. Just as schools are critical to preparing students academically and socially, they are also vital partners in helping young people take responsibility for their health and adopt health-enhancing attitudes and behaviors that can last a lifetime.
This gives schools an opportunity to dramatically improve the health and well-being of their students each day—including playing an important role in HIV and STD prevention. The following resources are intended to provide additional information about the important role that schools can play in HIV/STD prevention efforts. Research shows that well-designed, well-implemented, school-based HIV/STD prevention programs can significantly reduce sexual risk behaviors among students.
Use the school health resources below to support your local HIV and STD prevention efforts.
HIV, Other STD, and Pregnancy Prevention Education in Public Secondary Schools—45 States, 2008–2010
From CDC’s MMWR Weekly; April 6, 2012 / 61(13): 222–228
Trends in HIV-Related Risk Behaviors Among High School Students—United States, 1991–2011
From CDC's MMWR Weekly; July 27, 2012 / 61(29): 556–560