Educational or Curriculum

Initiative Description: Adolescents followed a sex education course, performed by trained ‘near-peer educators’ (undergraduate medical students) with interactive techniques. The course was divided into two 2-hour sessions and dealt with anatomy and physiology of the reproductive system, sexually transmitted diseases, contraceptive methods, VIP and prevention. During the course, teachers were not in the classroom.

Study Results: Increased sexual health knowledge

Reference: Benni, E., Sacco, S., Bianchi, L., Carrara, R., Zanini, C., Comelli, M., … & SISM educators group. (2016). Evaluation outcomes of a sex education strategy in high schools of Pavia (Italy). Global Health Promotion, 23(2), 15–29.

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good