The NYC Board of Education Backs AIDS-Prevention Program

Documenting HIV/AIDS education program in New York City public schools

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.

Key Results

  • 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.

Key Findings

  • 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.

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