Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services


The Access Support Network is a nonprofit agency in Salinas, California working to improve the lives of individuals who have contracted HIV and Hepatitis C. HIV rates among youth (ages 15-24) in Monterey Country are too high, while too few youths are receiving HIV education and prevention. The project’s purpose was to increase student’s knowledge about HIV by providing 15 one hour sessions to 11th and 12th graders at Alisal High School. The purpose of this project is to increase youth awareness of HIV prevention methods, ultimately decreasing the number of HIV diagnoses among youth within the area. Assessment of knowledge gained was carried out by using a pre-and-post test. The curriculum is delivered through a Power Point presentation that included information about the rates of HIV and other STIs in the region, safe sex practices to reduce risk of infection and local resources for assistance. Findings from the pre-and-post test reveal that students did gain knowledge from the education program. This project increased awareness and knowledge about HIV and prevention methods. Recommendations for curriculum improvement include better interactive activities for participant engagement.

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