Fight for Your Rights: Protect Yourself
The Kaiser Family Foundation's National Survey of Youth Knowledge and Attitudes on Sexual Health, is a national random-sample survey of 1,854 adolescents and young adults.
The findings show that sexual health issues like HIV and other STDs are among the top-rated concerns facing youth today. They also show that many youth are in need of more, and accurate, information.
These findings are a result of the input from the 15 to 24 year olds surveyed:
Resources on Sexual Health
As a result of this survey, MTV and The Kaiser Family Foundation, have launched a year-long campaign, Fight For Your Rights: Protect Yourself. This pro-social initiative focuses primarily on HIV/AIDS, other STDs, and unintended pregnancy.
The campaign includes special programming, targeted public messages, grassroots events, and an extensive resource and referral service, including a comprehensive web site on sexual health issues for youth and a free guide available through a toll-free hotline.
The web site features a national database of HIV testing facilities, a daily newswire an special articles, a 24-hour message board, and an interactive sexual health guide. It also provides access to counselors and providers in their local communities through links to various health organizations.
In addition to The Kaiser Family Foundation, MTV is partnering with other nonprofit organizations to help maximize the impact of the Protect Yourself campaign. They include Advocates for Youth, Rock the Vote, LIFEbeat, SEX, ETC., and others.
For more information: The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025; Phone: 650/854-9400; Fax: 650/854-4800; Web site: www.kff.org;
Sex, Pregnancy, and Contraception-Related Motivators and Barriers Among Latino and African-American Adolescents
This article was provided by Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. It is a part of the publication SHOP Talk: School Health Opportunities and Progress Bulletin.