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October 2017

Dear Teacher/Facilitator of Choosing the Best WAY:

In October 2017, the Choosing the Best WAY Leader Guide was revised as outlined in the table below. If your Leader Guide was purchased prior to this date, please incorporate these changes into your teaching. If you have any questions about these revisions, please contact 1-800-774-BEST and ask for assistance regarding curricula updates.



Added “Teacher Expectations” section at end of page which states: 

Choosing the Best curricula are medically-based, medically-accurate, abstinence-centered sexual risk avoidance (SRA) programs. In order to ensure program fidelity, accuracy and effectiveness, teachers should present the Choosing the Best curricula per the instructions outlined in the beginning of each Leader’s Guide and continue to follow the specific instructions and script provided for each lesson. Further, teachers presenting Choosing the Best must refrain from:

  1. Discussing religion or politics in any context;

  2. Expressing value judgements, including on sensitive topics such as abortion;

  3. Conducting “non-approved” activities, i.e., activities that are not provided in the Choosing the Best Leader Guide.

Further,  teachers should exercise caution in sharing personal stories, anecdotes, and/or opinions about the topic of relationships and/or sexual activity while presenting the curricula.


At the end of page, added a Teacher’s Note that says the following:

“These principles apply to all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.” 


At the end of the first column on page 20, added a Teacher’s Note that says the following:

“These principles apply to all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”

23 In teaching materials section, last bullet which is the word bank, please replace “3 million” with “1.8 million” and 14 million with “7 million”
25 First “ask” on page, replace the last two words “before marriage” with “as a teenager?”

In the second paragraph, where the answer given is “10 million”, please add the following revision:

10 million—approximately half among males and half among females;


In third column, first paragraph, last sentence that begins “Remind students…” Please revise to say “Remind students that the only way to know for sure whether you have HIV is to get tested.”

Before the 4th paragraph in the first column (that starts, “Hold up…” add the following medical update:

Medical Update:  In addition to cervical cancer in women, HPV has been found to cause other types of genital cancers in both men and women.  Further, HPV has been found to cause cancers of the back of the throat (Oropharynx).  Most of these cancers could be prevented by HPV vaccination.  Source:  CDC, “Why is HPV Vaccine So Important?” and “How Many Cancers are Linked with HPV Each Year? March 2017.  See also, “5 things to Know about HPV-related Throat Cancer.”

In second to last paragraph on page, REPLACE the text immediately AFTER the second sentence that says

Say: “Currently available drugs do not cure HIV infection or AIDS. “ with the following:  They can suppress the virus and greatly prolong the lives of many people with HIV, and greatly lower their chance of infecting others, but they cannot eliminate HIV from the body. People at risk for HIV should be tested, so if they are infected, they can start treatment early.  A person taking HIV medications must take them the right way, every day, for the rest of their life and get regular check-ups with a doctor. [endnote 5] Preventing HIV infection is a far better strategy than treating it once you are infected.  Abstinence from sexual activity [Teacher Note: oral, vaginal, or anal sex] is the only 100% effective way to prevent getting HIV sexually. [endnote 6]

30 First column, 4th paragraph, please delete the phrase that says “which could hold her back” saying instead ….”or becoming pregnant, which could delay her from pursuing her dreams.”
31 Second column, in the () following the ASK, please delete the phrase “one reason was to feel…” and replace with “Get responses from class.”
34 First column, last paragraph, second sentence that begins with “Remind students…”.  Replace that sentence with the following : Say:  Please remember that even if you’ve already had sex, you can still benefit by making a healthier choice from this day forward, by choosing to stop having sex.

Please revise EN #4 in Lesson 4 to be :  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HIV Basics:  Testing.  September 2016.

Lesson 4:  Please replace EN #5 with:  CDC, About HIV/AIDS, May 30, 2017.  Please replace EN #6 with CDC, HIV Prevention, May 30, 2017