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School Climate and HIV Risk

FACT: Many LGBTQ youth are at higher risk for HIV infection — particularly youth of color and transgender youth.

FACT: Schools are unsafe and unwelcoming for most LGBTQ students, which can have negative impacts on health and well-being.

 

 

LGBTQ students commonly experience bullying and harassment in their schools, and these experiences may be linked to coping behaviors that increase risk for HIV infection, including substance use and high-risk sexual behavior. If we can improve school climates, we may also reduce the HIV risk for many LGBTQ students.

That's why GLSEN and AIDS United developed Get the Facts: Improve School Climate to Increase LGBT Students’ Well-Being and Reduce HIV/AIDS Risk. Rooted in research and time-tested practices, Get the Facts outlines tangible ways educators can create and sustain safe, affirming and healthy learning environments for LGBTQ students.

FACT: You can improve the health and well-being of LGBTQ students in your school. 

  • Be a visible and supportive ally to LGBTQ students
  • Ensure access to comprehensive sexuality education
  • Support your school’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)
  • Implement comprehensive and LGBTQ-inclusive policies

To learn more, read Get the Facts: Improve School Climate to Increase LGBT Students’ Well-Being and Reduce HIV/AIDS Risk.

Related GLSEN resources:

Blogs
Schools Should Address LGBT Health, But Most Do Not
Including LGBT Content in Sex Education: Four Wrong Ways (and One Right One)

Classroom Resources
Unheard Voices: David Barr and the Early Days of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Articles
Accessing Sexual Health Information Online
Gender Identity, Bullying and Substance Abuse