Despite the efforts of current HIV/AIDS education and awareness programs, very few students have actually been tested for HIV. According to the CDC only 13% of teenagers in the U.S. have been tested for HIV. Our program provides this vital component.
The Teens For Testing program seeks to engage teenagers in a peer-driven model of sexual health education and introduce regular HIV testing as a part of their normal healthcare routine. Conant Foundation believes that testing teenagers, even before they are sexually active, will greatly reduce the anxiety, fear and stigma associated with HIV testing as they move into young adulthood.
The program will allow students to accept responsibility for their sexual health and the well-being of their partners, classmates, family and community. It will also increase awareness of risk reduction strategies for HIV infection and STI/HIV testing options. We anticipate a reduction of the stigma associated with being tested and or testing positive as more students participate in a program designed and implemented by their peers.