What Makes a Good AIDS Curriculum?

Yarber, William L.
May 1988
Education Digest;May1988, Vol. 53 Issue 9, p49
The article focuses on points to be considered in establishing a sound AIDS curriculum. Instructional content for teaching about AIDS should emphasize personal behaviors that put one at risk for contracting AIDS or help one avoid it. Students should be informed that AIDS can be transmitted when infected semen, vaginal secretions, or blood enters the vagina, rectum, or mouth of a sex partner, and by use of contaminated needles and syringes. AIDS education will be more effective if each of the three standard learning domains--knowledge, attitude, and behavior--are addressed. AIDS education not only should provide basic information on AIDS transmission and prevention, but also should foster attitudes that reinforce preventive behaviors. Groups favoring sexual abstinence and marital fidelity as the only prevention methods that need to be emphasized in school AIDS education, feel that too much attention is given to the use of condoms. AIDS education can be incorporated into sex education, and this is done successfully in many schools.


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