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Sisters Saving Sisters

Curriculum Source: www.etr.org

Main Message: This program has been designed to empower young, teenage women to change their behavior in ways that will reduce their risk of becoming infected with HIV, other STDs, and significantly decrease their chances of being involved in unintended pregnancies. This curriculum acknowledges that abstinence is the most effective way to eliminate these risks. However, realizing that abstinence is not the path that many young people will choose, the curriculum spends a great deal of time encouraging the practice of safer sex and condom use. The curriculum also addresses the underlying attitudes and beliefs that many young women have about condoms, provides information and exercises that teach them how to use condoms correctly, and gives them the confidence they need to choose and negotiate safer-sex practices.

Target Population: African American and Latina, low income, female patients at family planning clinics who are sexually active, ages 12-19 years old.

Length: Five module 4 ½ hour group intervention.

Program Size: Group.

Components:

  1. Increased knowledge about prevention of HIV, STDs, and pregnancy.
  2. More positive attitudes/beliefs about condom use.
  3. Increased confidence in their ability to negotiate safer sex and to use condoms correctly.
  4. Increased negotiation skills.
  5. Improved condom skills.
  6. Stronger intentions to use condoms if they have sex.
  7. A lower incidence of HIV/STD risk-associated sexual behavior.
  8. A stronger sense of pride and responsibility in making a difference in their lives.