Teaching about AIDS in public schools: Characteristics of early adopter communities in Massachusetts

  • Jonathan Howland
  • Diane Baker
  • Julie Johnson
  • James Scaramucci


Many teenagers are at risk for contracting AIDS because of their sexual activity and intravenous (IV) drug use. It is important that they be given information about the disease and its prevention. Some communities have taken early initiatives with respect to teaching about AIDS in their public schools. To determine whether or not there are attributes that would predict the likelihood of a community’s integrating AIDS information into the public school curriculum, we explored 25 variables in a sample of 63 Massachusetts communities. None of the variables was found to be significant. We conclude that there are obviously other factors as yet unidentified, that explain why some towns teach about AIDS while others do not. Further research is necessary.


Human Immunodeficiency Virus Public School School District Early Adopter Human Immunodeficiency Virus Testing 
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© Medical Society of the State of New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan Howland
    • 1
  • Diane Baker
    • 2
  • Julie Johnson
    • 3
  • James Scaramucci
    • 3
  1. 1.Boston University School of MedicineUSA
  2. 2.Family Life CoordinatorSomerville HospitalSomervilleUSA
  3. 3.School of Public HealthBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA

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