HHS Strategic Goals and Objectives - FY 2001 . Objective 1.6 - Reduce Unsafe Sexual Behaviors

09/29/2000

How We Will Accomplish Our Objective

People holding hands We will provide financial and technical assistance to a variety of community prevention services. Our priorities include:

  • comprehensive state programs for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

  • state programs to provide abstinence education, including mentoring, counseling, and adult supervision to promote abstinence from sexual activity.

  • a variety of prevention and counseling services for high-risk populations served by Department programs such as federally funded health centers, American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) clinics, and mental health and substance abuse providers.

  • programs in community organizations that provide HIV prevention services to high-risk individuals (e.g., community health centers that serve gay and lesbian populations).

We will promote the application of privacy/confidentiality policies (through privacy regulations, conferences, posting information on health information surveillance boards, etc.) to encourage individuals to seek testing and counseling.

We will provide technical assistance to help a variety of organizations increase their capacity to provide prevention services. Our efforts will focus on helping:

1.6 Implementation Strategies
  • STD Prevention Services
  • Promoting Privacy/Confidentiality
  • Developing Service Capacity
  • Research
  • cities, states, territories, and selected countries build HIV/AIDS surveillance systems that are capable of tracking the course of HIV and AIDS, targeting prevention programs for population groups or geographic areas, and evaluating the effectiveness of prevention programs.

  • states develop curricula and train teachers who can provide youth with the information and skills to avoid HIV infection and reduce unsafe sexual behaviors (in coordination with the Department of Education).

  • community-based organizations, medical and public health professionals, HIV community planning groups, and other organizations train their staff in prevention strategies.

HHS Agencies contributing to this objective:

ACF
CDC
HRSA
IHS
NIH
OS
SAMHSA

We will fund research to:

  • learn more about the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, including the high-risk behaviors associated with spread of the disease, to develop more effective prevention strategies.

  • evaluate new tools and techniques for preventing HIV transmission, including promising integration of biomedical and behavioral interventions.