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SEX TALK MONTH FOR TEENS GENERATES AUDIENCES FOR 'SECRETS,' 'NIGHTMARE'

 OAKLAND, Calif., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- As "Talk With Your Teen About Sex Month" (the month of March) kicks into high gear, two educational theatre productions are already busy talking with teens about sex in schools across the United States (See list of cities below).
 The two plays, "Secrets" (an AIDS awareness play for high schools students) and "Nightmare On Puberty Street" (for grades 6-8), are being performed in California, Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Ohio. More than 3 million students have viewed the performances since 1989.
 Both plays feature professional actors trained as peer counselors who engage the audience in a question-and-answer session following each performance. Special classroom guides are provided to aid teachers in classroom discussion and to prepare students for performances.
 Parents receive guides for having follow-up discussions with their sons and daughters, while teens receive wallet-size cards with key phone numbers they can call for counseling and/or information.
 "Secrets" and "Nightmare" were created by the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, the nation's largest private HMO with more than 6.6 million members in 16 states. They were the product of a collaboration of physicians, health educators, psychologists, choreographers, language experts and educators.
 "Secrets" deals with behaviors that put students at risk for AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. The "Secrets" dialogue, written in terms that teens understand, covers everything from learning that it's to okay to say 'no' to the use of condoms.
 A two-year study of students who attended "Secrets" performances showed that teens who were virgins before seeing the play were more likely to stay that way, avoiding risky sexual behavior. The survey also showed high retention of AIDS prevention information and other key messages.
 "Nightmare on Puberty Street" is one of the few education venues for pre-teens and young teenagers with a focus on self-esteem issues, teen suicide and sex (or abstinence).
 Both plays have been used to fulfill various state-mandated requirements for sex education.
 The following is a list of cities where performances will be held this month (editors, call for specific school locations and times):
 Ohio: Akron, Barberton, Brunswick, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Falls, Hiran, Lakewood, Lorain, Mantue, Parma, Shaker Heights, Sharon Center, Warrensville.
 Pacific Northwest: Aurora, Beaverton, Corvallis, Gaston, Gladstone, Gresham, Lake Oswego, Portland, Salem, West Albany and Woodland.
 Kansas: Kansas City (special appearances of 'Secrets' during March only).
 Mid-Atlantic: Virginia - Arlington, Fairfax, Fork Union, Manassas, Virginia Beach; Maryland - Baltimore, Gaithersburg, Mensington, Rockville, Stevenson, Sandy Spring, Owing Mills; District of Columbia.
 Northern California: Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Concord, Cool, Dixon, Georgetown, El Cerrito, Fremont, Fresno, Hayward, Oakland, Orangevale, Rio Linda, San Jose, San Mateo, Santa Rosa, San Francisco, Sacramento, Saratoga, Union City, Visalia.
 Southern California: Baldwin Park, Catalina, El Monte, El Segundo, El Toro, Los Angeles, Montclair, Orange, Pacific Palisades, Whittier, Woodland Hills.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Charles Wibbelsman, M.D., national teen expert and author of "Crisis Proof Your Teenager" and the "Teenage Body Book" is available for interviews, comment./
 /CONTACT: Bruce Lewis of Lewis/Summers Inc., 510-284-7004, for Kaiser Permanente/


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