Garfield County PREP Outcomes
Garfield County PREP is responsible for delivering the majority of Colorado PREP programming, with over 90% of the state’s participants currently served in this county. About
10% of Garfield County PREP participants report that they are currently sexually active
– and the proportion of sexually active youth
increases nearly 3-fold between middle-school and high-school years,
suggesting this is a key time to inform youth about their sexuality and sexual health-related issues.
Garfield County PREP saw strong positive outcomes over the 2018-2019 school year, for all curricula it delivered. Participating in PREP decreased participants’ sexual intentions, with about
52% of participants reporting they are less likely to have sex following PREP programming
and only about
12% reporting they are more likely to do so.
This is a particular accomplishment when it comes to influencing participants’ sexual intentions among older and higher risk students, who are typically more sexually active when initiating programming.
In Garfield County, even the curricula targeting these youth, whose sexual intentions have been found to be more difficult to modify over the course of receiving sexual health programming, decreased during the 2018-2019 school year.
Even more strikingly, among those youth who do intend to be sexually active, Garfield County PREP is increasing intentions to use condoms/barriers.
During the 2018-2019 school year, about
80% of Garfield County PREP participants reported that they were more likely to use condoms/barriers after participating in PREP than they were before; less than
8% reported they are less likely to do so.
Comprehensive Health Increases Knowledge
Garfield County PREP also increases sexual health knowledge among participants. Pre/post-tests (e.g. assessing whether a person with an STD who looks and feels healthy can give the infection to others, whether a person can get the same STD more than once, etc.) showed student gains in knowledge for all PREP curricula delivered in the schools.
For many curricula, especially those targeting older students, gains of two or even three letter grades were seen on average over the course of PREP programming.
You can see the results by curriculum on the Garfield County PREP’s results page of the website. Regardless of year, PREP has consistently delivered these same results as demonstrated by the pre/post survey data analysis.