The Conant Foundation is a non-profit education foundation focused on providing honest, straightforward and direct sexuality education programs for teenagers. Our innovative peer-education model provides teenagers with an opportunity to create an in-school HIV/STI education and testing program tailored to their classmates.
The Foundation was conceived in the 1980’s as a way to educate individuals at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS. Through education and advocacy we teach people how to protect themselves against HIV and provide access to the most effective treatments if they do become positive. We have seen considerable success in these endeavors and will strive to work towards the elimination of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
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Sexual Health Education for Teenagers
As the HIV/AIDS epidemic has evolved over the years, the Conant Foundation has shifted its focus to those who would most benefit from education and advocacy on this important public health issue. As more and more data shows that the epidemic is now affecting new and differing populations, such as women and minorities, we have begun a new program that is designed to educate teenagers about sexual health, including (and most importantly) HIV/AIDS:
Get senior high school students tested for HIV
The CDC recommends getting tested for HIV once a year, unless you are specifically not at risk. As teenagers in this country are becoming sexually active at younger and younger ages, it is important that these teenagers are taught that HIV testing should be an important part of their routine healthcare; however, educating teenagers about sexual health is not always an easy endeavor. Many social barriers make it nearly impossible to education teenagers on sexual health in many communities across the United States.
Our local program seeks to fill these gaps and allow for the creation of a trend that will hopefully continue on a nationwide level. As we engage a small senior high school, one which has little or no barriers to sexual health education, and convince those students that HIV testing is a necessary aspect of their healthy lives, we hope that by leading by example, these same students will help educate other teenagers in differing communities about the dangers of HIV and the positive aspects of knowing your HIV status.
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