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Sexual Risk Behavior Publications & Resources

This page provides resources from CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH), as well as select resources from other federal agencies and national organizations.

About DASH's Work

Bringing High-Quality HIV and STD Prevention to Youth in Schools [pdf 357K]
CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health

In Brief: Promoting Effective HIV and STD Prevention Through Schools [pdf 232K]
CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health

Evidence-Based Prevention

Effective HIV and STD Prevention Programs for Youth: A Summary of Scientific Evidence [pdf 206K]
Research shows that well-designed and well-implemented HIV/STD prevention programs can decrease sexual risk behaviors among students

Compendium of Evidence-Based HIV Behavioral Interventions
CDC’s list of the strongest HIV behavioral interventions that have been rigorously evaluated and have demonstrated evidence of efficacy, including individual-, group-, and community-level behavioral interventions for populations at high risk for HIV

Registries of Programs Effective in Reducing Youth Risk Behaviors
Programs identified by federal agencies as worthy of recommendation on the basis of expert opinion or evidence, including programs focused on HIV, STD, and teen pregnancy prevention

Prevention of HIV/AIDS, Other STIs and Pregnancy: Interventions for Adolescents, The Community Guide
Recommendations from the Task Force on Community Preventive Services

Sexual Health Education

Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool
Helps schools select or develop appropriate and effective health education curricula and improve the delivery of health education, including education to promote sexual health and prevent HIV infection, other STDs, and teen pregnancy

Reducing Adolescent Sexual Risk: A Theoretical Guide for Developing and Adapting Curriculum-Based Programs [pdf 8.6M]
Designed to help reproductive professionals design or adapt curricula to focus on risk and protective factors that are related to sexual risk behavior and use instructional principles most likely to have an impact

Counseling & Testing

HIV Testing Among Adolescents: What Schools and Education Agencies Can Do [pdf 1.1M]
CDC fact sheet

Get Yourself Tested Campaign: STD Awareness Resource Site
Campaign by MTV, Kaiser Family Foundation, CDC, and other partners

National HIV and STD Testing Resources
Provides locations for HIV and STD testing and STD vaccines across the United States

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Youth

Health Risks Among Sexual Minority Youth
Findings from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey document the disproportionate rates at which sexual minority students (especially those who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual) experience multiple health risks, including sexual risk behaviors; tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use; and violence

HIV and Young Men Who Have Sex With Men [pdf 527K]
CDC fact sheet

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health: Youth
Resources and programs to prevent bullying and promote health

LGBTQ Youth Programs-At-A-Glance
Brief summary of CDC efforts to address the health, education, and safety needs of LGBTQ youth

Social Media Tools

Teen Pregnancy and Social Media
Free CDC social media tools about teen pregnancy prevention

STD Testing
Free CDC buttons to promote STD testing to different target audiences

Other Federal Web Sites

Drugs & HIV: Learn the Link

HHS Office of Adolescent Health, Teen Pregnancy Prevention

White House Office of National AIDS Policy

HHS Administration on Children and Families, Abstinence Education Grant Program

HHS Office of Adolescent Health, National Resource Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention among Adolescents


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