Resource Logo
CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update

UNITED STATES: Native Health Group Testing Online Sex-Ed Course for Students


For the last three years, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium has partnered with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, the Indian Health Council of Arizona, and the University of Texas to develop “Natives: It’s Your Game,” an online sexual health curriculum for Alaska Natives and American Indians. The curriculum uses music and games to teach students about abstinence, sexual health, and decision making. Other topics covered by the program include healthy relationships and friendships, HIV and STD prevention, alcohol and drugs, and Internet safety.

IV/STD Program Manager Connie Jessen stated that sex education should start when parents share “age-appropriate” information with their children. According to Jessen, middle school is a good time to educate students about peer pressure related to sex, drugs, and alcohol, so they “have the skills before they actually need them.”

The consortium will evaluate the effectiveness of the online curriculum by comparing learning outcomes of groups who complete a science-based course on sexual and behavioral health with groups of students who complete “Natives: It’s Your Game” online.

See for additional information about the curriculum.

Read full article


Copyright © 2013 -CDC Prevention News Update, Publisher. All rights reserved to Information, Inc., Bethesda, MD. The CDC National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention provides the following information as a public service only. Providing synopses of key scientific articles and lay media reports on HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis does not constitute CDC endorsement. This daily update also includes information from CDC and other government agencies, such as background on Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) articles, fact sheets, press releases and announcements. Reproduction of this text is encouraged; however, copies may not be sold, and the CDC HIV/STD/TB Prevention News Update should be cited as the source of the information. Contact the sources of the articles abstracted below for full texts of the articles.

Information in this article was accurate in May 2, 2013. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.