aids education, behavior, challenges, communication, hiv, prevalance, primary school children, program, risk reduction, women


This study on HIV/AIDS-education programs was conducted with the Uganda Ministry of Education and Sports in a national sample of 76 secondary schools in Uganda. Participants included secondary students (N=883) who critiqued their formal and informal school curricula and offered youth perspectives regarding what teaching mediums and programs of HIV/AIDS prevention are most effective. Results indicated that HIV/AIDS education is not taught in their respective school curricula. Students report on informal ways that are helpful in learning about AIDS, recommend changes to their school's curriculum, and report that reactions from various groups in their lives to HIV/AIDS education in their school would be positive. This study provides students, parents of students, educators, social workers, and policymakers with insights on how to better develop, update, and improve HIV/AIDS programs.

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Jacob, W. James, Shaw, Stacey M., Morisky, Donald E., Hite, Steven J., & Nsubuga, Yusuf K. (27). HIV/AIDS education: What African youth say is effective. Families in Society, 88(1), 14-114.

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Alliance for Children and Families




David O. McKay School of Education


Educational Leadership and Foundations