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NCJ Number: 120097 Find in a Library
Title: Prevention of HIV Infection Among Adolescents: The Interplay of Health Education and Public Policy in the Development and Implementation of School-Based AIDS Education Programs
Journal: AIDS Education and Prevention  Volume:1  Issue:1  Dated:(Spring 1989)  Pages:70-78
Author(s): R J DiClemente
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 9
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A systematic school-based educational program providing knowledge about risk factors associated with the acquisition and transmission of HIV infection could be a significant factor in preventing the spread of HIV among adolescents, although few school systems currently provide this education as part of the formal curriculum or have evaluated their programs for effectiveness.
Abstract: These programs should be compulsory; their goal should be to encourage behaviors that promote health and to eliminate or reduce high-risk sexual and drug behaviors; and they should provide adolescents with timely, accurate, and unbiased information so that they can make good decisions. Adolescents cannot be coerced into changing behavior patterns, but clear and developmentally appropriate HIV information may result in behavioral change. Teachers have a crucial role to play in this educational effort; with proper training they can become powerful change agents. Programs must reach all adolescents and must be carefully evaluated. 38 references.
Main Term(s): AIDS/HIV prevention
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Education; Schools
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