HIV/STD Curriculum for California Schools
Positive Prevention: HIV/STD Prevention Education for California Youth , published by the American Red Cross consists of six expandable lessons based on state-of-the-art research on effective HIV/STD prevention education. It includes a comprehensive appendix comprised of:
- Teacher and administrator support materials
- Parent notification and education materials
- Suggested adaptations for special populations (students who are hearing- or vision-impaired, or who have developmental disabilities)
- Pre-post tests for assessing student knowledge
- Optional instructional strategies for youth at high-risk
- Specific questions and answers related to STDs
Positive Prevention has been field tested throughout the state and complies with California Education Code (EC) sections 51930-51939 related to HIV/AIDS and STD instruction. Positive Prevention does not meet EC 51933’s requirements related to pregnancy prevention instruction. If a school district is teaching comprehensive sexual health education, another curriculum shall be used to provide medically accurate information about all FDA-approved methods of preventing pregnancy. A companion version of Positive Prevention is currently under revision to meet the requirements for EC 51933.
Healthy Kids Resource Center
The California Healthy Kids Resource Center is a source of information on many health related topics, including health education and coordinated school health. The CDE works closely with the Center to ensure that curriculum and supplemental materials used for comprehensive sexual health education and HIV/AIDS prevention education have been reviewed for scientific accuracy and are research-based, culturally sensitive, and educationally sound. School administrators, teachers, curriculum specialists, school health professionals, community members, university faculty, and others are encouraged to borrow from the Center (at no cost) accurate and current curriculum, DVDs, CD-ROMs, videotapes, instructional resources and publications, which cover a wide range of health topics including sexual health and HIV/AIDS.
- Sexual Health Evaluations
These reports evaluate the compliance of curricula with California laws regarding sexual health and HIV/AIDS prevention education.