This program promotes abstinence as well as incorporates
Safer sex messages,
The importance of condom use to reduce sexually transmitted infections, and
Information on contraceptives to address the issue of teen pregnancy prevention.
The overarching goals of the program are to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS among adolescents.
Under this program, the Health Department has selected two evidence-based curriculums entitled Promoting Health Among Teens- Comprehensive (PHAT-C) and Cuidate for implementation in Prince George’s County for youth ages 10-19.
PHAT-C/Promoting Health Among Teens - Comprehensive
The PHAT-C curriculum consists of 12 one hour modules. These modules can be taught in in a variety of ways such as:
Three 4-hour sessions
Two 6-hour sessions
Six 2-hour session
The modules in this curriculum are designed to teach about
STIs and HIV/AIDS
How to use abstinence to prevent pregnancy
Communication skills and strategies for practicing abstinence and effective condom use
The PHAT-C program also includes training on adult preparation topics such as:
The curriculum can be taught by trained Health Department employees, or staff from community-based or faith-based organizations can also be trained to implement the curriculum to youth.
Cuidate is a six session HIV/AIDS intervention curriculum that targets primarily Hispanic youth ages 13-18. This curriculum can be taught in English and Spanish. The goal of the curriculum is to provide youth with information and to build self-efficacy concerning sexual risk-reduction behaviors.