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Resources For Teachers


CDC Releases 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Results

The YRBSS was developed in 1990 to monitor health behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the United States. These behaviors, often established during childhood and early adolescence, include

  • Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence.
  • Sexual behaviors related to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV infection.
  • Alcohol and other drug use.
  • Tobacco use.
  • Unhealthy dietary behaviors.
  • Inadequate physical activity.

In addition, the YRBSS monitors the prevalence of obesity and asthma and other health-related behaviors plus sexual identity and sex of sexual contacts.

From 1991 through 2017, the YRBSS has collected data from more than 4.4 million high school students in more than 1,900 separate surveys.

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April is STD Awareness Month

To bring awareness to the increases in STDs in California, we have developed new resources to bring awareness to the issue and highlight the great work being done already.

Please take a look at the STD Control Branch webpage ( to find 2017 data briefs and tables along with other resources including infographics and educational materials.


Living With HIV/AIDS: Myths and Facts

How easy is it to get HIV from casual contact? How long do most people with the disease live?  The answers may surprise you.

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Information on sexual health for adolescents, including how to prevent STDs, where to find free condoms, where to get tested (including, in some counties, at home), confidentiality, and more. 

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Answering Difficult Questions

Teachers need to be able to recognize and respond to a variety of student questions, such as those based on religious beliefs, seeking permission, a cry for help, and more… 

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CDC STD Fact Sheets

Use the links below to visit the STD fact sheet web pages in English and Spanish. Print versions of these fact sheets are available on the web pages. Mobile versions for use on smartphones and other mobile devices are available in English and Spanish.

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Ideas and Guidelines for General Instructional Strategies

Due to the diverse learning styles represented in any group, as well as research indicating  
the enhanced impact of interactive teaching strategies, we recommend that instructors be familiar with the following varieties of teaching strategies and utilize them at every opportunity, such as journals, mind maps, and more… 

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FREE – It’s All One Curriculum, Volume 2: Activities

It’s All One Curriculum: Guidelines and Activities for a Unified Approach to Sexuality, Gender, HIV, and Human Rights Education provides a rationale, content, and sample activities for placing gender and rights at the center of sexuality and HIV curricula—both as stand-alone modules and integrated with topics such as relationships, puberty, and condom use.

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Ten Things Teachers and Schools Can Do to Create Safer Environments for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning Students.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) students face tremendous discrimination and harassment in schools on a daily basis. In 2007, 86.2% of LGBT students in the U.S. experienced at least one incident of harassment and 60.8% reported feeling unsafe. Despite good laws in California that protect LGBT students against harassment and discrimination (the California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2000) most schools have yet to fully create safe learning environments for all students. Listed are 10 things that schools and school districts can do…

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Dating Matters is a free, online course available to educators, school personnel, youth mentors, and others dedicated to improving teen health. Follow a school administrator throughout his day as he highlights what teen dating violence is and how to prevent it through graphic novel scenarios, interactive exercises, and information gathered from leading experts.

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Sex Education for Physically, Emotionally, and Mentally Challenged Youth

In recent years, important changes in public policies and attitudes have resulted in improved opportunities for people with physical and mental disabilities. Now, people living with disabilities assume their rightful place in society as the equals of non-­disabled people. Unfortunately, societal attitudes have changed less in regard to sexuality and disability. Even today, many people refuse to acknowledge that all people have sexual feelings, needs, and desires, regardless of their physical and/or mental abilities. As a result, many young people who live with disabilities do not receive sex education, either in school or at home.

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Additional Online Resources: STDs, Testing, Sexual Assault, Living with HIV

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), and WebMD feature a number of useful websites for teacher background information, supplemental lesson materials and more.