queer health 

for students

presentation guide

QEDU Queer Health for Students provides middle and high school students with an age-appropriate, and comprehensive overview of HIV/AIDS including, but not limited to: transmission, preventative strategies, treatment, and the negative side effects of stigmatization. Students will receive medically accurate and up to date information regarding medication and relevant community services. Our Queer Health presentation satisfies education standards for CA Health curriculum. 

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age level

This presentation is available for high school students, educators, and parents.

curriculum requirements

CA Education Code: Section 51930

(1) "To provide pupils with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect their sexual and reproductive health from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections..."
(4) To ensure pupils receive integrated, comprehensive, accurate, and unbiased sexual health and HIV prevention instruction and provide educators with clear tools and guidance to accomplish that end.

CA Education Code: Section 51934

(a) Each school district shall ensure that all pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive, receive comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education from instructors trained in the appropriate courses. Each pupil shall receive this instruction at least once in junior high or middle school and at least once in high school. 

core concepts

Students will be provided with a detailed review of the following concepts:

- The Immune System
- Retrovirus
- The HIV Life Cycle
- Transmission
- Defining HIV/AIDS
- History of HIV/AIDS
- Anti-retroviral Therapy (ART)
- HIV/AIDS statuses
- Understanding Undetectable

- Treatment Cascade
- Social Determinants 
- High Risk Populations
- Defining Stigma
- Combating HIV Stigma
- Prevention Access
- Financial Resources
- Medical Resources
- Community Resources

time and format

This presentation is approximately 1 hour in length. QEDU Educators are trained to provide this presentation on an individual classroom basis or assembly style depending on the needs of our participating organization. Please speak with a representative about the best strategy for implementing this program on campus. 

tools to complete

This presentation utilizes a standardized PowerPoint Presentation. The classroom or assembly hall must have A/V equipment to ensure that our presentation can be properly executed. Students will be invited to participate in a learning activity and will be asked to use a pen and paper for the exercise. 

additional information

The State of California mandates all students to receive sexual education that is inclusive of all gender and sexual identities, however, some restrictions may apply. Please be advised of the following amendments included in the CA Healthy Youth Act:

CA Education Code: Section 51938

(a) A parent or guardian of a pupil has the right to excuse their child from all or part of comprehensive sexual health education, HIV prevention education, and assessments related to that education through a passive consent (“opt-out”) process. A school district shall not require active parental consent (“opt-in”) for comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education.

CA Education Code: Section 51939

(a) A pupil may not attend any class in comprehensive sexual health education or HIV prevention education, or participate in any anonymous, voluntary, and confidential test, questionnaire, or survey on pupil health behaviors and risks, if the school has received a written request from the pupil’s parent or guardian excusing the pupil from participation.
(b) A pupil may not be subject to disciplinary action, academic penalty, or other sanction if the pupil’s parent or guardian declines to permit the pupil to receive comprehensive sexual health education or HIV prevention education or to participate in anonymous, voluntary, and confidential tests, questionnaires, or surveys on pupil health behaviors and risks.

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