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Program Components

Program Objectives

The goal of the SiHLE program is to teach social skills to reduce risky sexual behaviors among participants. The program seeks to increase assertive communication skills, condom use skills, and self-efficacy.  


Program Content

The four SiHLE sessions focus on educating teens on HIV transmission and risk reduction strategies by: 

  • Developing assertive communication skills to demonstrate care for their partners and to negotiate abstinence or safer sex behaviors (particularly condom use and involvement of partners in decision-making)
  • Building proper condom use skills (including learning how to place a condom on a partner) and positive attitudes, norms and self-efficacy about consistent condom use
  • Understanding of characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships and the triggers that make negotiating safer sex challenging for teens, and
  • Empowerment and self-efficacy, based on cultural and gender pride


Program Methods

The program is delivered by one facilitator and two peer mentors through group discussion, role play, activities, and games. Review of previous information is built in throughout the sessions to reinforce knowledge and offer opportunities for questions to be answered.