The HIV prevention education in schools
R. Matos, J. Rodríguez
Organizacion StopVIH, Pampatar, Venezuela
Issues: HIV prevention education in schools is aimed at children and young
people of school-going age attending public and private sector schools in Nueva
Esparta State, Venezuela. The purpose of
HIV prevention education is to delay the debut of sexual activity and reduce
their risk of acquiring HIV infection due to lack of information and use of
prevention methods in this age group.
Description: The activities were carried out from January 21st to October 30th 2009
at 14 schools belonging to 8 municipalities at the Nueva Esparta State
(Venezuela), with a participation of 4500 students from 4th, 5th
and 6th grade of elementary school, whose ages were between 9 and 13
At the end of each discussion, there was a general review and a cycle of
questions started to guarantee that the content has been understood and
assimilated by the participants.
Lessons learned: This was the first phase of a long term process to lay the organization to
its later monitoring and evaluation, allowing consequently, the definition of
specific actions in relation to the achieved results.
The following results have been found:
- The school population in private schools has an idea
of the topic, they are interested and participate in an active way.
- Students in public schools have little knowledge about
the topic and they do not participate too much.
- There was no recorded background information of
similar experiences in the visited schools.
- Promotion of leadership in schools to prevent HIV.
- Inclusion of this discussions into the annual academic
school Schedule through integral educational community programs.
- Expansion of the prevention discussions on HIV aimed
at all (11) the municipalities at the Nueva Esparta State.
- Extension of the prevention discussions on HIV to the
level of middle/high school.
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