A Cleveland after-school program teaches teens to talk to other teens about emotionally and physically safe sex instead of pretending premarital boning never happens. Imagine that!
Taxpayers spend millions of dollars on abstinence-only education programs that don't work. Case Western Reserve University's Infectious Disease Alliance is trying a different tactic to help combat the area's rising teen HIV rates: peer education. It's a "tried and true approach," according to Amanda Healan, a co-director of the grant-funded program that links university research to community needs, but it's one we don't hear enough about when it comes to teens and sex.