In February 1991, the New York City Board of Education approved a plan for expanded HIV/AIDS education that included making condoms available on request to the 261,000 students in the city's 120 public high schools.
The Fund for the City of New York, led a team of HIV/AIDS trainers to assist New York City high schools in implementing the education/condom availability program.
The Academy for Educational Development, Inc., New York conducted an evaluation of the program in 12 schools, using 10 Chicago schools as a comparison group.
Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y. documented the design, development, and implementation of the HIV/AIDS education/condom availability program. The researchers published four articles.
Project staff at the Fund for the City of New York prepared a:
- Manual—HIV/AIDS Education Training Design for High School HIV/AIDS Education Teams—used in training school-based HIV/AIDS teams and health resource staff.
- Handbook, Protecting Youth, Preventing AIDS: A Guide for Effective High School HIV Prevention Programs.
Evaluators at the Academy for Educational Development reported the following findings in the September 1997 issue of the American Journal of Public Health:
- Students enrolled in New York City schools for one year or more were more likely to have used a condom during their last intercourse than similar students in Chicago.
- Students in New York City who had had three or more sexual partners within the past six months were more likely than students with fewer partners to have used a condom at last intercourse.
- Making condoms available at schools does not lead to increases in sexual activity.