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    DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (512) 533-3000

    DSHS strives to respond to all email requests in a timely manner. It is important to note, however, that messages that you send to us by email may not be secure and may be intercepted by a third party. Therefore, we recommend that you do not send any confidential health information to us by email.

HIV and STD Education Programs for Youth

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HIV and STD Education Programs for Minors that Emphasize Abstinence

In accordance with Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 85.007 [Texas Legislature] regarding education programs for minors that emphasize abstinence as the most effective protection against unwanted teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) administers the Abstinence Education Program. DSHS supports a number of local programs that work with school age children. For more information, please visit the DSHS Abstinence Education Program.

Effective HIV Curricula for Youth

There are a number of curricula and programs (Word : 84 kb) targeting youth that have been shown to be effective in reducing risk for becoming infected with HIV. Additional resources on evidence-based HIV prevention interventions are listed below.

Best Evidence Interventions – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]

Science and Success, Second Edition: Sex Education and Other Programs That Work to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, HIV & Sexually Transmitted Infections [Advocates for Youth]

The Program Archive on Sexuality, Health and Adolescence (PDF) [Sociometrics]

What Works: Curriculum-Based Programs that Prevent Teen Pregnancy [The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy]

Promising-Evidence Interventions – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]


Last updated December 03, 2014