September 13, 2013 |

Washington State Awarded HIV/STD Prevention Grant

Nearly three out of every five Washington State seniors reported ever having sex, according to the 2012 Healthy Youth Survey. Teaching those students – as well as students who haven’t yet had sex – about healthy relationships and preventing HIV and sexually transmitted diseases is crucial to their health.

A five-year grant totaling as much as $1.85 million awarded to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will provide help with those life-long skills.

“The most effective way to help students learn about healthy relationships, and to help them learn how to reduce the spread of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases is by educating them,” said Randy Dorn, state superintendent of public instruction. “The grant we received from the CDC will help us do just that.”

A total of 19 states and 17 school districts across the country received the competitive grant. In Washington, the grant will help districts build the capacity to deliver exemplary sexual health education that emphasizes HIV and other STD prevention, increase adolescents’ access to sexual health services and create supportive environments for students and staff.

OSPI will be collaborating with several state and national organizations, including the state’s Association of nine regional Educational Service Districts (AESD).

Nationally, the grant – called Promoting Adolescent Health Through School-Based HIV/STD Prevention and School-Based Surveillance – totals $14 million in 2013. According to the CDC, the grant will allow the CDC to work collaboratively with state and national partners to:

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