CONTENT OF AIDS-RELATED WRITTEN MATERIALS,
PICTORIALS, AUDIOVISUALS, QUESTIONNAIRES, SURVEY
INSTRUMENTS, AND EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS IN CENTERS FOR
DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC) ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Interim Revisions June 1992
- Basic Principles
Controlling the spread of HIV infection and AIDS requires the promotion of individual behaviors that eliminate or reduce
the risk of acquiring and spreading the virus. Messages must be provided to the public that emphasize the ways by which
individuals can fully protect themselves from acquiring the virus. These methods include abstinence from the illegal use
of IV drugs and from sexual intercourse except in a mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner. For
those individuals who do not or cannot cease risky behavior, methods of reducing their risk of acquiring or spreading the
virus must also be communicated. Such messages can be controversial. These principles are intended to provide
guidance for the development and use of educational materials, and to require the establishment of Program Review
Panels to consider the appropriateness of messages designed to communicate with various groups.
- Written materials (e.g., pamphlets, brochures, fliers), audio visual materials (e.g., motion pictures and video tapes),
and pictorials (e.g., posters and similar educational materialsusing photographs, slides, drawings, or paintings) should use terms, descriptors, or displays necessary for the intended
audience to understand dangerous behaviors and explain less risky practices concerning HIV transmission.
- Written materials, audiovisual materials, and pictorials should be reviewed by Program Review Panels consistent
with the provisions of Section 2500 (b), (c), and (d) of the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 300ee(b),
(c), and (d), as follows:
"SEC. 2500. USE OF FUNDS.
(b) CONTENTS OF PROGRAMS. - All programs of education and information receiving funds under this title shall
include information about the harmful effects of promiscuous sexual activity and intravenous substance abuse, and the
benefits of abstaining from such activities.
(c) LIMITATION. - None of the funds appropriated to carry out this title may be used to provide education or
information designed to promote or encourage, directly, homosexual or heterosexual sexual activity or intravenous
(d) CONSTRUCTION. - Subsection (c) may not be construed to restrict the ability of an education program that includes
the information required in subsection (b) to provide accurate information about various means to reduce an individual's
risk of exposure to, or to transmission of, the etiologic agent for acquired immune deficiency syndrome, provided that
any informational materials used are not obscene."
c. Educational sessions should not include activities in which attendees participate in sexually suggestive physical
contact or actual sexual practices.
d. Messages provided to young people in schools and in other settings should be guided by the principles contained
in "Guidelines for Effective School Health Education to Prevent the Spread of AIDS" (MMWR 1988;37 [suppl.
- Program Review Panel
- Each recipient will be required to establish or identify a Program Review Panel to review and approve all written
materials, pictorials, audiovisuals, questionnaires or survey instruments, and proposed educational group session
activities to be used under the project plan. This requirement applies regardless of whether the applicant plans to
conduct the total program activities or plans to have part of them conducted through other organization(s) and
whether program activities involve creating unique materials or using/distributing modified or intact materials
already developed by others. Whenever feasible, CDC funded community-based organizations are encouraged to
use a Program Review Panel established by a health department or another CDC-funded organization rather than
establish their own panel. The Surgeon General's Report on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (October
1986) and CDC-developed materials do not need to be reviewed by the panel unless such review is deemed
appropriate by the recipient. Members of a Program Review Panel should:
(1) Understand how HIV is and is not transmitted; and
(2) Understand the epidemiology and extent of the HIV/AIDS problem in the local population and the specific audiences
for which materials are intended.
- The Program Review Panel will be guided by the CDC Basic Principles (in the previous section) in conducting
such reviews. The panel is authorized to review materials only and is not empowered either to evaluate the
proposal as a whole or to replace any other internal review panel or procedure of the recipient organization or
local governmental jurisdiction.
- Applicants for CDC assistance will be required to include in their applications the following:
(1) Identification of a panel of no less than five persons which represent a reasonable cross-section of the general
population. Since Program Review Panels review materials for many intended audiences, no single intended audience
shall predominate the composition of the Program Review panel, except as provided in subsection (d) below. In addition:
(a) Panels which review materials intended for a specific audience should draw upon the expertise of individuals
who can represent cultural sensitivities and language of the intended audience either through representation on the panels
or as consultants to the panels.
(b) The composition of Program Review Panels, except for panels reviewing materials for school-based populations, must
include an employee of a State or local health department with appropriate expertise in the area under consideration who
is designated by the health department to represent the department on the panel. If such an employee is not available, an
individual with appropriate expertise, designated by the health department to represent the agency in this matter, must
serve as a member of the panel.
(c) Panels which review materials for use with school-based populations should include representatives of groups such as
teachers, school administrators, parents, and students.
(d) Panels reviewing materials intended for racial and ethnic minority populations must comply with the terms of (a), (b),
and (c), above. However, membership of the Program Review Panel may be drawn predominately from such racial and
(2) A letter or memorandum from the proposed project director, countersigned by a responsible business official, which
(a) Concurrence with this guidance and assurance that its provisions will be observed;
(b) The identity of proposed members of the Program Review Panel, including their names, occupations, and any
organizational affiliations that were considered in their selection for the panel.
- CDC-funded organizations that undertake program plans in other than school-based populations which are
national, regional (multi state), or statewide in scope, or that plan to distribute materials as described above to
other organizations on a national, regional, or statewide basis, must establish a single Program Review Panel to
fulfill this requirement. Such national/regional/State panels must include as a member an employee of a State or
local health department, or an appropriate designated representative of such department, consistent with the
provisions of Section 2.c.(1). Materials reviewed by such a single (national, regional, or state) Program Review
Panel do not need to be reviewed locally unless such review is deemed appropriate by the local organization
planning to use or distribute the materials. Such national/regional/State organization must adopt a
national/regional/statewide standard when applying Basic Principles 1.a. and 1.b.
- When a cooperative agreement/grant is awarded, the recipient will:
(1) Convene the Program Review Panel and present for its assessment copies of written materials, pictorials, and
audiovisuals proposed to be used;
(2) Provide for assessment by the Program Review Panel text, scripts, or detailed descriptions for written materials,
pictorials, or audiovisuals which are under development;
(3) Prior to expenditure of funds related to the ultimate program use of these materials, assure that its project files contain
a statement(s) signed by the Program Review Panel specifying the vote for approval or disapproval for each proposed
item submitted to the panel; and
(4) Provide to CDC in regular progress reports signed statement(s) of the chairperson of the Program Review Panel
specifying the vote for approval or disapproval for each proposed item that is subject to this guidance.