HIV/AIDS/STD Prevention Program


Human Growth and Development Update

April 2012

Recent legislation has resulted in extensive changes to Wisconsin Statute sec. 118.019. These changes are effective immediately.

For more information about the new law:
Division for Learning Support Human Growth and Development memo
Human Growth and Development Frequently Asked Questions
Human Growth and Development Comparison Chart

Contact Lori Stern at or 608-264-9550 for more information on the new law and/or resources for schools.


HIV/AIDS/STD Prevention Program Overview

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) receives funds through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Division of Adolescent and School Health (CDC/DASH). These funds allow DPI to provide educational resources, staff development opportunities and technical assistance for the development and promotion of youth (PreK-12) prevention education programs, with an emphasis on preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). For example, DPI provides technical assistance to urban school districts to support staff development activities to increase the knowledge and skills of school staff in curriculum development, classroom instruction, and student assessment in the areas of HIV/STI/pregnancy prevention and human growth and development. Other projects include the development of educational resources, such as Human Growth and Development: A resource packet to assist school districts in program development, implementation, and evaluation.

DPI also coordinates the administration of statewide surveys such as the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and the School Health Education Profiles (Profiles). For ordering information on these reports or other SSPW resources go to sspw_tadocs.


Educational Resources

Resources on Preventing Teen Pregnancy, STD’s and HIV
This document includes links to national lists of effective programs as well as resources for assessing your own curriculum. Sexuality education standards and samples of public agency developed curricula are also referenced.

Mr. Teech Learns a Lesson: A Guide for Universal Precautions and Bloodborne Pathogen Training
This is a free training tool, available in both online and DVD format, for school staff and students for Universal Precautions and Bloodborne Pathogen education. This instructional tool and supplemental materials were designed to satisfy state and federal training requirements. Included in this program are each of the federally required points that must be covered in the training, all incorporated in an informative, but fun format! Special thanks to the Indiana Department of Education for creating this resource.

Parents and Teens: Connections with Impact
These video clips and training resources were created after hearing from teens across Wisconsin. The program was designed to inspire conversation among parents and other adults who care for teens, engage teens in reflecting on the parent-child relationship, and to guide families in purposefully creating their communication patterns.


Staff Development Opportunities

Building Skills for Health Literacy
This strategy-based training will explore a method for teaching and assessing for the skills of the health education standards and the deeper meaning of health literacy. The strategy is applicable across all content areas and all grade levels. The DPI developed technical assistance documents Building Skills for Health Literacy: Human Sexuality, Tobacco and Nutrition will serve as guides for connecting skill-based instruction and assessment of skill attainment. Please see the Health Education Leadership Certificate website for training dates.

Healthy Social and Emotional Climate Trainings
The HIV Program collaborates with Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools to provide workshops to help educators understand, assess, and improve school climate and safety for all youth, especially those who identify as LGBTQ. Please contact GSA for Safe Schools at 608-661-4141.


Technical Assistance Resources

Building Skills for Health Literacy: Human Sexuality
This technical assistance document explores a step-by-step strategy for teaching and assessing for the skills of the health education standards as they relate to human sexuality. Skill-based instruction and assessment are critical to helping youth build the skills necessary to access accurate information, make informed decisions, communicate effectively and succeed in managing their own health. By shifting the emphasis from knowing health facts to developing health skills, teachers are provided a more complete and authentic picture of student achievement and allow the students to play an active role in their learning. E-mail Laurie Salzman to receive a copy.

Human Growth and Development: A Resource Packet to Assist School Districts in Program Development, Implementation, and Assessment This resource packet was designed to help local school districts develop, review, and address issues related to their human growth and development (HGD) program. Also, this packet will help in building a multi-strategy approach to dealing with youth risk behaviors and promoting the health, well-being, and positive development of students. The resource packet can serve a number of positive purposes for local school districts to enhance the development of HGD program within the Wisconsin Framework for Comprehensive School Health Education (CSHP).

School HIV/AIDS/STI Assessment Tool
This assessment tool can be used to assess your school's current education programs and policies related to HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STI) for grades 6 through 12. Results can be used to help set priorities for further development.

Sexual Behavior and Wisconsin Students Fact Sheet
Sexual Behavior and Wisconsin Students is a fact sheet created by the Department of Public Instruction in collaboration with the Department of Health Services. It summarizes the current state of sexual risk behaviors among youth, what is being done in school health to address these issues, and what key strategies can be used to strengthen programs. The fact sheet can be used to communicate the need for prevention programs, highlighting disparities, and offers ideas for multi-strategy approaches that address the comprehensive needs of youth.

Wisconsin Youth Sexual Behavior and Outcomes: 2000-2009
This Department of Health Services publication summarizes data for Wisconsin teenagers on the following topics: sexual behavior and abstinence; sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS; and births.

School HIV/AIDS Policy Tool Kit
This 94-page document provides background information on HIV/AIDS, tools for districts to assess current policies and procedures, and guidance for school districts to develop or enhance policies and procedures related to HIV/AIDS.

Wisconsin Adolescent Sexual Health (WASH) Listserv
The WASH listserv was designed to increase communication among schools, community-based agencies, and other organizations working within sexual health. The listserv is used to share resources, current research and event announcements to professionals statewide. If interested in signing up for the listserv, please contact Abby Hunt at


Wisconsin Resources

Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program
The Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program is the lead agency in Wisconsin government responsible for coordinating the state's public health response to the AIDS/HIV epidemic. This web site contains information on surveillance and epidemiologic investigation, HIV counseling and testing services, HIV prevention education and risk reduction, life-care services, and early intervention.

The Wisconsin HIV/STD/Hepatitis C Information & Referral Center
The Wisconsin HIV, STD, and Hepatitis C Information & Referral Center (IRC) provides information on the prevention, transmission, and treatment of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases (STD), and hepatitis. The Information Center also includes a library of prevention materials. Inquiries about available resources can be made by: visiting in person at 820 N. Plankinton Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53203 Mon-Thu: 10-6, Fri: 10-5; by calling (800) 359-9272; or by email at


HIV/AIDS/STD Internet Web Sites

The following national and state web sites are sources of current information and technical assistance to guide the development, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive HIV/STI prevention education programs for school-age youth. Some of these sites may contain prevention messages that may not be appropriate for all audiences. The views, opinions, and statements contained in these web sites are not necessarily those of the DPI.

AIDS Education Global Information System (AEGIS)
AEGIS is a comprehensive HIV knowledge base which includes AIDS Daily News Summaries, reprints of articles from select national and metropolitan newspapers, a database search engine linked to the National Library of Medicine, select conference summaries and conference calendars," how-to" papers written for persons newly diagnosed or living with HIV infection, and comprehensive links to  HIV-related sites.

Advocates for Youth
Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and advocating for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. The organization provides information, training, and strategic assistance to youth-serving professionals, policy makers, youth activists, and the media.

CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health
The Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) seeks to prevent the most serious health risk behaviors among children, adolescents, and young adults, including HIV/AIDS. This web site contains information on surveillance activities, such as the Youth Risk Behavior Survey and School Health Education Profile, guidance on effective school health programs, and other important information on adolescent and school health.

CDC Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention
The NCHSTP division is responsible for HIV/AIDS prevention. This site offers a range of basic information on topics ranging from prevention and vaccine research to funding opportunities.

CDC National HIV Testing Resources
This site offers basic information on HIV infection and a searchable database of HIV testing sites nationwide.

CDC National Prevention Information Network 
NPIN provides information about HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases (STI), and tuberculosis (TB) to people and organizations working in prevention, health care, research, and support services. All of NPIN's services are designed to facilitate the sharing of information about education, prevention, published materials, and research findings and news about HIV/AIDS-, STI-, and TB-related trends.

HIV InSite
The web site includes medical information, prevention education materials, social policy information (including legislation), community and research resources, state-by-state information about HIV/AIDS, and so forth.

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation 
(HIV/AIDS Program)
The Foundation's work in HIV/AIDS focuses on informing the national policy discussion about the HIV/AIDS epidemic within the context of a changing treatment environment and health-care delivery and financing system. Their work focuses on issues of health-care coverage, financing, access to care, and prevention, particularly for those increasingly impacted by the epidemic including women, people of color, and young people.

Viacom and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation have created a media campaign to eradicate ignorance about HIV/AIDS. The multi-year initiative encompasses the creation and dissemination of information about HIV and its prevention through television, radio, outdoor, on-line and print media. This Web site contains information on the media campaign. HIV/AIDS pandemic, HIV prevention and testing, national resources, and ideas on how to get involved in HIV/AIDS related efforts.

Mother's Voice
Mother's Voice is a nonprofit organization that mobilizes parents as educators and advocates for HIV prevention as well as expanded research and better medical treatments. It is a support and advocacy group for mothers promoting resources for HIV prevention and care and treatment programs.

The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS)
SIECUS is a national nonprofit organization which affirms that sexuality is a natural part of every individual and advocates for the right individuals to have accurate information to make responsible sexual choices.

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