- What is the Respect Your Mind, Protect Your Body campaign?
Respect Your Mind, Protect Your Body is a statewide teen health
responsibility public awareness campaign funded by the Illinois Department of
Public Health. It is part of an ongoing effort to increase Illinois
adolescents' personal awareness of the risks of AIDS/HIV, sexually transmitted
diseases (STDs) and unintended pregnancy. The components of the campaign are
designed to empower teens make responsible health decisions and abstain from
high risk activities.
- What are the components of the campaign?
- The main component of Respect Your Mind, Protect Your Body is a
series of six scenarios that will air as radio ads on select stations across
the state. The ads focus on real-life situations that put many teens at risk
for AIDS/HIV, STDs and unintended pregnancy. Each ad reveals a common risky
situation where characters resolve the situation by making a responsible
decision. The radio ads are designed to empower teens with the following
- It's OK not to have sex. It's not OK to have unprotected sex.
- You have lots of social pressures on your behavior, but you can make a
responsible decision that will keep you safe.
- Using drugs or alcohol can create situations that put you at risk.
- You are at risk if you have contact with another person's bodily fluids.
- Each time you have sex with a new person, you are at risk; serial monogamy
doesn't protect you.
- You can minimize your risk by choosing responsible actions.
Supplemental brochures and posters also will be available in public
places that are accessible to teens, such as neighborhood centers and runaway
shelters. All components of the campaign will be in English and Spanish and
will include the IDPH AIDS/HIV and STD Hotline, 1-800-243- 2437, which teens
can call for more information. Calls are answered Monday through Friday from 9
a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Trained staff
can provide information in English and Spanish. The hearing impaired can call
the Department's TTY, 800-547-0466.
- Why was Respect Your Mind, Protect Your Body chosen as the
Respect Your Mind, Protect Your Body was chosen as the theme
because it communicates an important message that resonates with teens:
adolescents should respect themselves for acting on responsible decisions that
protect their bodies from AIDS/HIV, STDs and unintended pregnancy. The words
respect and protect empower teens to make responsible choices
about their health and to abstain from risky activities.
- Why is the Illinois Department of Public Health focusing on
- Adolescents are constantly faced with situations that put them at risk for
AIDS/HIV, STDs and unintended pregnancy. The need for a public awareness
campaign addressing the issues of abstinence and prevention in Illinois teens
is illustrated by the following statistics:
- What role did Illinois teens play in the development of the
- Respect Your Mind, Protect Your Body was created through the
participation of hundreds of Illinois adolescents between 10 and 18 years of
- Where will the campaign be running?
- Respect Your Mind, Protect Your Body is a statewide campaign that
will run through September. Campaign materials, including brochures and
posters, will be available in public areas across the state such as local
parks, malls, community centers and runaway shelters. The radio scenarios will
air on stations across the state.
The following fact sheets on HIV/AIDS, STDs and unintended pregnancy are
Adolescents, Living in a High-risk Population:
Hispanic Adolescents, Living in a
High-risk Population : Adolescents at Risk, Statistics on HIV/AIDS, STDs
and Unintended Pregnancy, Talking to Your Kids about HIV/AIDS,
STDs and Unintended Pregnancy