AIDS Education:

Gaps in Coverage Still Exist

T-HRD-90-26: Published: May 3, 1990. Publicly Released: May 3, 1990.

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GAO discussed the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) education programs for youth designed to limit the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. GAO found that: (1) two-thirds of the nations's school districts offer HIV education; (2) smaller districts were less likely to provide HIV education; (3) HIV education was not provided at all levels, particularly in the upper grades, where the likelihood of sexual activity was greatest; (4) essential planning and monitoring data on students' knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors were inadequate; and (5) teacher training is often insufficient. GAO believes that: (1) CDC has been slow to address HIV education needs; (2) CDC has primarily funded education agencies, and the resulting out-of-school activities have been limited; (3) CDC plans a new outreach initiative that potentially duplicates another CDC approach.

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