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Mrs. Sullivan from Hollandale MS is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

From Crayons to Condoms

My students need 20 copies of "Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful, and (HIV) Positive" and single copies of 16 other books about living with HIV and prevention.

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I teach in the only state in America where HIV/AIDS is still on the rise. My high school students are in a battle every day to make the right choices. My school is located in a poor, rural, high risk area, where sex education is almost non-existent and STDs are spreading through the school like gossip. "African Americans face the most severe rates of HIV infection in this nation. The harsh reality is that 1 in 16 black men will be diagnosed with HIV at some point in their lifetime, as will 1 in 30 black women" according to the website. My schools demographics are 100% African American. Most of our students who go on to college will attend a nearby college where HIV is a known epidemic. Before they get there we must prepare them.

We might like to think we could just promote abstinence and the students will take it to heart, but the truth at my school is students are making choices that put their lives at risk. The proof is in the fact that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 19 million new STD infections occur every year. And, even more alarming, is that nearly 50 percent of these new cases happen to young people between the ages of 15 and 24. Not only that, but the American Social Health Association (ASHA) reports that half of all new HIV infections occur in teenagers. It is apparent that many of the current and alarming STD statistics could be reduced with proper education.

I would like to obtain a collection of HIV and STD books for our school library. We plan to have a promotion of these books when the health classes study STDs, but we also hope to have several STD prevention programs next school year.

The more our youth know about STD prevention the better prepared they will be to make informed choices about safe sex. Please help me change my students thinking about sexual health and possibly save their lives.

Mrs. Sullivan
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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African American Women and HIV/AIDS: Critical Responses Ednita M. Wright (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $30.55 1 $30.55
100 Questions and Answers about AIDS and HIV Joel E. Gallant • Barnes and Noble $17.95 1 $17.95
Focus on Living: Portraits of Americans with HIV and AIDS Rosyln Banish, Paul A. Volberding (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $26.95 1 $26.95
Out of Bounds: Coming out of Sexual Abuse, Addiction, and My Life of Lies in the NFL Closet Roy Simmons, David Fisher, Jimmy Hester, Damon DiMarco, With Damon Dimarco • Barnes and Noble $14.35 1 $14.35
Seductive Delusions: How Everyday People Catch STDs Jill Grimes • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
What You Always Wanted to Know about Safe Sex and STD's Ronald A. Hagen • Barnes and Noble $9.85 1 $9.85
What Every Parent Should Know About Teen Sex: The Secret STD Epidemic Becky Ettinger • Barnes and Noble $13.49 1 $13.49
STDs: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You Diane Yancey • Barnes and Noble $27.54 1 $27.54
Condom Sense: A Guide to Sexual Survival in the New Millennium Monica Sweeney, Rita Kirwan Grisman • Barnes and Noble $9.00 1 $9.00
Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful, and (HIV) Positive Marvelyn Brown, Courtney Martin • Barnes and Noble $11.96 20 $239.20
Chanda's Secrets Allan Stratton • Barnes and Noble $10.75 1 $10.75
Veronica Mary Gaitskill, Read by Kathe Mazur • Barnes and Noble $31.45 1 $31.45
Ryan White: My Own Story Ryan White, With Ann Marie Cunningham • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Black Women's Risk for HIV: Rough Living Quinn Gentry • Barnes and Noble $52.15 1 $52.15
I'm Still Here: The History, Testimony, Education, Outcomes, and Strengths of People Living with HIV/Aids Venus Perez • Barnes and Noble $23.99 1 $23.99
HIV Prevention Kenneth H. Mayer (Editor), H.F. Pizer (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $76.45 1 $76.45
The Complete HIV/AIDS Teaching Kit: With CD-ROM Angela Amarillas, Ralph J. DiClemente, Josefina J. Card, Julie Solomon, Alana Conner • Barnes and Noble $85.50 1 $85.50

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