Sexual Health Education - Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)

The Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) is designed to educate youth on evidence-based strategies that are proven to help reduce the risk of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). CDHS received federal funding in 2010 to implement PREP. Through a competitive selection process, CDHS awarded funding to three communities: City and County of Denver Department of Human Services, Garfield County Department of Human Services and Huerfano County Department of Social Services.

Comprehensive sexual health education is important, because research has shown that it helps youth:

  • Delay the initiation of sex (abstain)
  • Reduce the frequency of sex
  • Reduce the number of new partners
  • Reduce the incidence of unprotected sex

This funding gives Colorado the chance to coordinate initiatives and build upon state law (Colorado’s Healthy Youth Act), the state academic content standards for comprehensive health, and a variety of local initiatives addressing sexual health.