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Effective HIV and STD Prevention Programs for Youth

A Summary of Scientific Evidence

yooung Asian female sitting in classroomJust as schools are critical settings for preparing students academically, they are also vital partners in helping young people take responsibility for their own health. School health programs can help youth adopt lifelong attitudes and behaviors that support overall health and well-being—including behaviors that can reduce their risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

HIV/STD prevention programs implemented by schools include prevention education programs designed specifically to reduce sexual risk behaviors and youth asset-development programs, which provide adolescents with more general skills that help them engage in healthy behaviors and solve problems.

To learn more, read the fact sheet Effective HIV and STD Prevention Programs for Youth: A Summary of Scientific Evidence [PDF - 210 KB]