About the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program
To decrease teen pregnancies in Idaho, the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (APP) program aims to provide youth and their parents/caregivers with access to sexual health education. Studies show that sexual health education helps teens delay sexual activity; use condoms and birth control correctly, avoid sexually transmitted diseases, and prevent pregnancy.
Unplanned teen pregnancies cost Idaho taxpayers approximately 39 million dollars a year in Medicaid, foster care, and incarceration. These figures are not surprising given that children born from teen pregnancies often have poorer mental and physical health compared to children born from planned pregnancies.
Please visit www.idahoteenpregnancy.com for information on teen pregnancy in Idaho for teens and parents.
Reducing the Risk Curriculum Overview
The Reducing the Risk Curriculum is evidence-based, abstinence based curriculum that is also medically accurate and covers the following subject areas and National Health Education Standards (NHES)
- How to say no to sex
- Abstinence planning
- Correct condom use
- Birth control methods concept/knowledge
- How to avoid Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
- Where to get tested for STIs
- Where to obtain birth control and condoms
Reducing the Risk (RTR) is a 16-session curriculum designed to help high school students (9th-12th grade) delay the initiation of sex or increase the use of protection against pregnancy and STD/HIV if they choose to have sex. The major focus is the development of attitudes and skills that will help teens prevent pregnancy and the transmission of STD, including HIV. This research-proven approach addresses skills such as risk assessment, communication, decision making, planning, refusal strategies and delay tactics.
The RTR curriculum helps teens to:
- Evaluate the risks and consequences of becoming an adolescent parent or becoming infected with HIV or another STD.
- Recognize that abstaining from sexual activity or using contraception are the only ways to avoid pregnancy, HIV infection, and other STDs.
- Conclude that factual information about conception and protection is essential for avoiding teenage pregnancy, HIV infection and other STDs.
- Demonstrate effective communication skills for remaining abstinent and for avoiding unprotected sexual intercourse.