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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.

School Health

Use the school health resources below to support your local HIV and STD prevention efforts.

CDC Resources

Talking with Your Teens about Sex: Going Beyond “the Talk”
From CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health

Ways to Influence Your Teen’s Sexual Risk Behavior: What Fathers Can Do
From CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health

Parents’ Influence on the Health of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Teens: What Parents and Families Should Know
From CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health

HIV Among Youth
From CDC's Division of HIV/AIDs Prevention

High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2013
From CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health

Sexual Risk Behavior Guidelines and Strategies
From CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health

Effective HIV and STD Prevention Programs for Youth
From CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health

Promoting Effective HIV and STD Prevention Through Schools
From CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health

Adolescent and School Health Program Success Stories
From CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health

Bringing High-Quality HIV and STD Prevention to Youth in Schools
From CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health

Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool Sexual Health Module
From CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health

School-Based Screening References
From CDC’s Division of STD Prevention

HIV Testing Among Adolescents: What Schools and Education Agencies Can Do
From CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health

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

Resources from Partners

Preventing HIV/AIDS, Other STIs, and Teen Pregnancy: Interventions for Adolescents
From The Guide to Community Preventive Services

How Schools Work and How to Work with Schools
From the National Association of State Boards of Education

How to Work with Schools to Conduct STD Screening
From National Coalition of STD Directors