VA HIV Review Panel

VA HIV Review Panel

Rationale & Charge

A crucial goal for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is to educate citizens about HIV transmission and preventing transmission. To receive funding for educational materials from the CDC, states are mandated to form an HIV Review Panel. This panel must review educational materials that contain an HIV prevention education component. Therefore, materials providing sexuality education for Family Life Education programs are reviewed several times annually.

The HIV Review Panel assesses submitted materials for age-appropriateness, accuracy of content, and accompanying information about the materials’ research base and efficacy.

The HIV Review Panel is comprised of no fewer than five people who represent a reasonable cross-section of the general population. Because the VA HIV Review Panel reviews materials for school use, it mandates inclusion of teachers, school administrators, parents and/or students. The Panel is to include members with the documented expertise to assess health education, sexuality education, and prevention curricula and resources.

A progress report including materials reviewed and Panel is submitted annually to the CDC.