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What is the project’s background and mission?

The Talking with Kids about HIV/AIDS project was developed by Cornell University in 1989 as a prevention education resource for parents and guardians. Parents and guardians are often the primary health educators of children and teens, but sometimes need support to feel comfortable and confident communicating about HIV-related issues. The project works to support parents, guardians and other adults to communicate accurate HIV-related information to children and teens in sensitive, age-appropriate, and developmentally appropriate ways. The goal of the project is to help save lives by reducing new HIV infections among young people.

How does the project work?

The project involves volunteer parent educators in delivering intensive, community-based workshops. The workshops include basic information on the HIV/AIDS epidemic and its impact, skills development in HIV risk assessment and risk reduction, and extensive parent-child communication activities. The Talking with Kids about HIV/AIDS Teaching Guide gives detailed descriptions of the workshop activities. Over 3,500 volunteer parent educators have reached over 100,000 people with learning activities, primarily through Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations in New York State. The Talking with Kids about HIV/AIDS curriculum is available in both English and Spanish.



Primary funding for the project is provided by the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, Adolescent HIV Prevention Initiative.