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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: District Teens Educate Peers on Safe Sex (06.30.2013)

Metro TeenAIDS, a Capitol Hill-based group in Washington, DC, is using peer education to help youth fight HIV/AIDS and support each other. The organization trains teens to go into the community and teach others about the risk of STDs and the message of safe sex. The youth members speak at schools, clubs, recreations centers, and wherever they think they could make a difference. One of the ambassadors explained that youth could reach peers in a way adults could not because they spoke the same language. The teen ambassadors speak frankly about risky behaviors that might cause HIV and STDs and can be very descriptive and graphic. One of the male ambassadors summarized his message as,” Be safe, be protected, and stay alive.”


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