HIV/STD Prevention Education
Our goal is to prevent the spread of HIV, other STD's and unplanned pregnancies among youth in Siskiyou County by increasing their awareness, knowledge and skills through prevention education.To achieve this goal and to provide comprehensive sexual health education, the Siskiyou County Office of Education adopted the curriculum, Positive Prevention PLUS (www.positivepreventionplus.com). The curriculum is a research validated curriculum. It is required to be taught at least once in grades 7-8 and at least once in grades 9-12.Parents/guardians have the opportunity to preview the curriculum materials and presentations during a Parent Preview meeting. They are able to use this time to make an informed decision as to whether they want their child to participate in the program. The preview also permits parents/guardians to receive valuable information in the ongoing dialogue with their child on these important subjects.Why is HIV/STD/Sexual Health Education important?
- Law AB 329 - the California Healthy Youth Act and Education Code 51930-51939 mandates it.
- Many HIV infected individuals were infected as a result of their behavior in their teens and early twenties.
- Adolescents ages 15-24 account for nearly half of the 20 million new cases of STD's each year, in the world.
- Over 250,000 teens experience pregnancy each year in the U.S.