Health department to offer Sisters Saving Sisters empowerment program

Posted September 22, 2014 at 10:04 am     Category: HealthNews Release

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – “Sisters Saving Sisters” is a five week, evidence based program designed to empower young women to change their behavior in ways that will reduce their risk of becoming infected with HIV, other STDs, and significantly decrease their chances of being at risk for unintended pregnancies.

The “Sisters Saving Sisters” curriculum includes a series of fun and interactive learning experiences designed to increase participation and help young women understand the kind of faulty reasoning and decision-making that can lead to HIV, STDs, and unintended pregnancy. Activities are designed to make participants feel comfortable to negotiate safer sex practices. Activities also involve viewing culturally and gender sensitive video clips, playing games, brainstorming, role playing, engaging in skill building exercises, and small group discussions that are designed to build group cohesion and enhance the learning experience.

The curriculum addresses the underlying attitudes and beliefs that many young women have about sexual activity and gives them the confidence they need to choose and negotiate safer-sex practices.

At the completion of the “Sisters Saving Sisters” curriculum, young women will have:

  • Increased knowledge about healthy relationships
  • More positive attitudes/beliefs about condom use
  • Increased negotiation skills
  • Increased knowledge about the prevention of HIV, STDs, and pregnancy
  • A lower incidence of HIV/STD risk-associated sexual behavior
  • A stronger sense of pride and responsibility in making a difference in their lives

These sessions will be held on Thursdays at New Hanover County Health Department from 5 to 6 p.m. starting October 16 and ending November 13, 2014. To sign up for the FREE five week program contact Julia Histed at 910-798-6636 or jhisted@nhcgov.com.

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Release Contact:

Joshua Swift
Deputy Health Director
(910) 798-6592

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