January/February #169 : Higher Education - by Willette Francis

POZ - Health, Life and HIV
Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join

Back to home » Archives » POZ Magazine issues

Table of Contents

Till Death Do Us Part

Southern Discomfort

Crash-Test Smarties

We Hear You

And We Quote

Adherence Counts

Cure Watch

Losing Face Filler

Savvy Survivor

Higher Education

Prison Breaks

Viewer Discretion Advised

Spotlight: Teen Sex

Aiding Black Power


Heartland Hero


Editor's Letter

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

Scroll down to comment on this story.

email print

January / February 2011

Higher Education

by Willette Francis

A new federal initiative funds sex ed that works.

The Obama administration has launched a $110 million sex education grant initiative that takes the guesswork out of which sex-ed programs work best. It only funds programs that provide evidence they reduce teenage pregnancy and the under-lying factors and behaviors associated with it.

“The program provides funds to public and private entities on a competitive basis for proven-effective or otherwise promising teenage pregnancy programs that provide medically accurate, age appropriate and complete information to youths,” says Evelyn Kappeler, acting director of the Office of Adolescent Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In 2010, $75 million was awarded to 75 grantees to implement 28 evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs that have been shown to be effective through rigorous evaluation. In addition, $35 million was awarded to 40 grantees to test innovative strategies for reducing teen pregnancy.

“The overwhelming majority of teen pregnancies are unplanned,” Kappeler says, “therefore, reducing the incidence of teenage pregnancy can have individual and societal benefits including reducing poverty, improving education outcomes, improving child well-being and reducing the need for abortions.”

While unplanned pregnancy remains a major focus of the projects, many initiatives support comprehensive sex ed, which covers sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. In fact, Kappeler points out, “several of the program models were originally developed to address HIV prevention in youth.”

And of course, anyone who gets pregnant has had unprotected sex. So it’s critical to teach them sex ed and encourage them to get tested for HIV.

Go to hhs.gov/ash/oah/prevention for more information.

Search: Obama administration, sex education, sex-ed, teen pregnancy, unprotected sex

Scroll down to comment on this story.


(will display; 2-50 characters)


(will NOT display)


(will display; optional)

Comment (500 characters left):

(Note: The POZ team reviews all comments before they are posted. Please do not include either ":" or "@" in your comment. The opinions expressed by people providing comments are theirs alone. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Smart + Strong, which is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by people providing comments.)

Comments require captcha.
Please enter this number for verification:

| Posting Rules

Hide comments

Previous Comments:


[Go to top]

Facebook Twitter Google+ MySpace YouTube Tumblr Flickr Instagram
Quick Links
Current Issue

HIV Testing
Safer Sex
Find a Date
Newly Diagnosed
HIV 101
Disclosing Your Status
Starting Treatment
Help Paying for Meds
Search for the Cure
POZ Stories
POZ Opinion
POZ Exclusives
Read the Blogs
Visit the Forums
Job Listings
Events Calendar
POZ on Twitter

Ask POZ Pharmacist

Talk to Us
Has someone ever disclosed your HIV status without your permission?

Choosing Your Meds

more surveys
Contact Us
We welcome your comments!
[ about Smart + Strong | about POZ | POZ advisory board | partner links | advertising policy | advertise/contact us | site map]
© 2015 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use and Your privacy.
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.