Parents' Attitudes and Beliefs About HIV/AIDS Prevention with Condom Availability in New York City Public High Schools

Sally Guttmacher, Lisa Lieberman, David Ward, Alice Radosh, Yvonne Rafferty, Nicholas Freudenberg

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ABSTRACT: In 1991, the New York City Board of Education expanded HIV/AIDS education to include condom availability in every public high school. The evaluation was designed to examine the impact of the program on students and monitor changes in parent's knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs. Findings are reported from the first wave of data from the parent survey, 716 parents from 12 randomly chosen NYC high schools and 81 parents from 12 focus groups held at six of the schools. Sixty‐nine percent of parents believed students should be able to receive condoms at school, although nearly half felt they should have the right to keep their children from doing so. Most believed making condoms available would result in safer sex practices among students who were sexually active. Data suggest parents support the school's role in reducing HIV/AIDS transmission among adolescents and believe making condoms available represents an acceptable component of an HIV/AIDS prevention program. 1995 American School Health Association

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-106
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of School Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1995


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