STD Prevention Program
Grades 9 - 12
Sexual activity places young people at risk for HIV infection and other STDs, as well as unwanted pregnancy. In 2009, 46% of high school students reported they were sexually active. According to the CDC, each year there are 19 million new STD infections and almost half of them among adolescents aged 15-24.* It is important to inform teens about high risk behaviors, how to protect themselves and available resources.
Kaiser Permanente’s STD/HIV prevention program for grades 9-12 uses visual monitors, text messaging, cellular and computer technology to better reach its audience and to clearly illustrate its message: there are epidemic rates of STDs in the high school age group. It supports the Health Education Content Standards for California Public Schools in the areas of mental, emotional and social health, injury prevention and safety, and growth, development and sexual health.
The key concepts:
- Abstinence is the only risk-free option
- If you are sexually active, getting tested is important
- If you are sexually active, only a condom can reduce your risk of contracting STDs or spreading an STD.
- CDC: “Sexual Risk Behavior” (2010);View Link