¿Cuánto Sabes? was created in 2006 to encourage dialogue about HIV between teenagers in Latin America and the Caribbean. Professional educators train teens to lead discussions of HIV transmission and prevention principles between their peers, and to eventually become “Multiplying Agents” – leaders and agents of change in their own communities. Since its inception, ¿Cuánto Sabes? has been implemented in eight different countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including: Honduras, Guatemala, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.
¿Cuánto Sabes? incorporates concepts from neurolinguistic programming (NLP) as its overarching framework, combining HIV and AIDS education with life skills as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO). The program enables young peer educators to frame discussions of HIV transmission and prevention principles in ways that have maximum impact on their adolescent peers.
The program includes prevention techniques, stigma awareness, and discrimination alleviation, as well as cognitive and emotional skills like problem-solving, decision- making, critical thinking, and managing stress and emotions. Instead of lecturing about how one can contract HIV, the program allows for a discussion about the difference between HIV and AIDS, routes of transmission, risk reduction and prevention techniques, the rights of people with HIV, and ways to counteract the stigma of the disease. ¿Cuánto Sabes? initiates the important dialogue about all aspects of the disease, increasing awareness and compassion for those with HIV.
Additionally, ¿Cuánto Sabes? launched a specially designed training program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) teenagers in Colombia, Dominican Republic, Panama, and Venezuela in 2011. Facilitators train LGBT youth who have expressed an interest in becoming youth leaders of HIV prevention and multiplying agents. The LGBT curriculum incorporates the basic concepts of the regular curriculum but has been expanded to include in-depth discussions of sexual diversity, gender-related violence, and political impact.
Healthcare Professionals Program
Maintains up-to-date information about treatment regimens and trains health professionals serving patients with HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Develops leadership skills and capacities so that people can bring about intra and interpersonal change and transform social problems.