Frequently Asked Questions

Curriculum Questions

Yes. Between 2010 and 2015, the High School classroom version of Positive Prevention PLUS Sexual Health Education was the focus of federally-funded Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) Tier II evaluation. Final peer-reviewed findings published in 2016 demonstrate a statistically-significant delay in the onset of sexual activity, plus statistically-significant increases in student-parent communication around sexual health issues.

Yes. Positive Prevention PLUS has undergone two biomedical reviews (in 2012, 2014 & 2016) by the federal Office of Adolescent Health (OAH).

No. Per California State Law, Positive Prevention PLUS emphasizes sexual abstinence as the only 100% sure method for avoiding STDs or an unplanned pregnancy. However, to prepare students for their future lives as sexually healthy and responsible young adults, the Positive Prevention PLUS curriculum also provides information on contraception and access to community reproductive health services.

Responses prepared by the California Sexual Health Education Roundtable including the ACLU of Northern California and California Latinas for Reproductive Justice and Planned Parenthood Affiliates.

CA Healthy Youth Act FAQs

AB 329 Compliance Framework

Yes. Positive Prevention PLUS Sexual Health Education for Special Populations is a 13-lesson sexual health education curriculum designed for moderate-to-high functioning special education students and developmentally-disabled adults in community settings. Each lesson features simplified content, worksheets, and visuals, plus suggested adaptations and materials for lower-functioning students. For more information, click here.

Yes, we have a 2019 edition online independent study version of Positive Prevention PLUS Sexual Health Education for high school and middle school available.

Although Worksheet PDFs are available for download on each lesson page, it is highly recommended that each student has her or his own intact (bound or stapled) set of lesson worksheets and informational handouts. Student Workbooks may be purchased separately via our online store.

The middle school curricula (incl. HIV/STD) are more concrete and in-the-now, with class activities and group discussions that are more regulated, and with a greater emphasis on sexual abstinence as the only 100% sure method for avoiding STDs or an unplanned pregnancy.

The high school curricula emphasize life planning and long-term-consequences of sexual choices, with class activities and group discussions that depend on a higher level of student critical thinking and self-regulation, and provide an equal emphasis on sexual abstinence and the responsibility to use both contraception and communication as methods for avoiding STDs or an unplanned pregnancy.

Each Positive Prevention PLUS on-line lesson is designed for a 30- to 45-minute student-directed session.

Research indicates that for the greatest impact, all Positive Prevention PLUS lessons must be taught with fidelity. Fidelity is best assured when teachers/instructors attend a Positive Prevention PLUS curriculum training facilitated by an experienced and authorized trainer.

Some states require teachers to be trained to deliver curriculum that is sexual in nature, and must attend an authorized training before implementing classroom instruction. Please check with your school administration to determine if your state requires training. 

For information regarding teacher and staff trainings, please contact Cardea Services or visit our Partners and Trainings page

While the research on the effectiveness of the Positive Prevention curricula is based on the delivery of daily lessons, it may be possible to modify this sequence to accommodate (1) one lesson per week over an extended period of time, e.g., one lesson every Friday; or (2) blending multiple lessons together for a multi-day workshop or retreat experience for your students.

This is not recommended. Presenting both the content and the associated learning activities featured in each lesson is critical to accomplishing the intended impact of the Positive Prevention curriculum, per its Logic Model. Skipping portions of any lessons compromises the impact of the curriculum.

Example of a modification- I have other favorite activities and videos I would like to use instead of those featured in the Positive Prevention curriculum?

Some adjustments may be appropriate, others not. Please see the guidance on “Red Light, Yellow Light, and Green Light” adaptations in the Appendix.

Becoming an authorized Positive Prevention trainer (one who trains other teachers/instructors in the implementation of the Positive Prevention curriculum) is a multi-step process paid for by the sponsoring institution. Only persons with both classroom teaching experience and adult staff development experience should be nominated to become an authorized Positive Prevention trainer. For more information, please contact Cardea Services.

Materials Questions

It is highly recommended that each student has her or his own intact (bound or stapled) set of lesson worksheets and informational handouts. If your school or agency does not have the ability to duplicate and bind these materials, please consider purchasing Student Workbooks. See our online store for details.

Current prices for all Positive Prevention curricula, student workbooks, and associated videos can be found in our online store. Inquiries regarding current prices for teacher and staff trainings should be initiated via the Contact Us tab on our website.

Every Positive Prevention curriculum binder comes with lesson-by-lesson masters for student worksheets, activities, and overheads, plus downloadable materials containing all student worksheets in both Spanish and English, teacher lesson presentation slides, STD photos, and (for the Sexual Health curriculum) a set of Safe Surrender video clips.

Teachers/instructors will need to duplicate student worksheets (if Student Workbooks are not purchased), as well as the learning activity cards (on color cardstock) for each lesson.

Several lessons require specific supplies (e.g., index cards, chemicals for the It’s All Relative activity, or contraceptive products). General instructional supplies will also be needed (e.g., poster paper, masking tape, markers). See each lesson for a list of materials needed.

Website & Independent Study Questions

Yes! Our Independent Study program is web based.  As long as you have an internet connected device you should be good to go.

Please contact Positive Prevention PLUS  support team by using our Contact Us page here.

Yes.  Each learner will be able to download a fillable PDF formatted workbook.  Students can save the workbook to their device, fill in answers for each lesson and turn it in as instructed.

Although Worksheet PDFs are available for download for each learner account, it is sometimes necessary that each student has her or his own intact (bound or stapled) set of lesson worksheets and informational handouts. Student Workbooks may be purchased separately via our online store.