As of 2017, youth make up just under
of all new HIV cases in Canada.
of new youth HIV diagnoses were attributed to
gay, bisexual and other men who
have sex with men.
of new HIV diagnoses in youth in 2017
are attributed to heterosexual sex.
As an educator, you play an important role in building the self-awareness and capacity among young people to address sexual health issues. CANFAR’s Educator Guides are developed by a community of experts with diverse backgrounds and experiences, and cover a range of topics including: Identity & Self Awareness, Healthy Relationships & Consent, HIV/AIDS Basics, and HIV Risk & Prevention. These guides include grade-appropriate activities and correspond to curricula across all Canadian provinces and territories.
Since 2018, CANFAR has partnered with youth-led sexual health performance group, SExT: Sex Education by Theatre, to bring sexual health and HIV education to high schools across Canada in a creative, fun and engaging way.
SExT uses theatre, dance, drama, rap, song, poetry, and spoken word performed by youth to educate other youth about various topics on teen health and well-being, including mental health, racism, homophobia, HIV, STIs, teen pregnancy, cyberbullying, healthy relationships, and violence.
Annually, CANFAR partners with SExT on a national high schools tour, reaching thousands of youth in remote communities and urban centres across Canada. To learn more about our partnership, visit our story here or watch the highlights from our 2018 tour in our video below.
I learned about HIV. I thought that you’ll get infected if you hug or kiss someone who has HIV, but I was wrong. You’ll get infected from unprotected sex.”
— Female Student, Age 16, Grade 10 | John Polyani Collegiate Institute | Toronto, Ontario
[I will] get tested before anything or use condoms.”
— Female Student, Age 12, Grade 6 | Twin Lakes Community School | Buffalo Narrows, Saskatchewan
I [used to] feel uncomfortable about my health but I won’t anymore.”
— Male Student, Age 18, Grade 12 | Rossignol High School | Île-à-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan
I will be more careful when I get into sexual relationships.”
— Male Student, Age 14, Grade 9 | John Polyani Collegiate Institute | Toronto, Ontario
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