LESSON PLAN ยท TEACHING SAFER SEX THIRD EDITION

Practice Makes Perfect

By Louise Yohalem

Objectives

By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:

1. Identify feelings people have about using condoms.

2. Describe ways that help a person become more comfortable talking about condom use with a partner.

3. Apply negotiating skills for condom use.

4. Describe how condoms can be a positive component of safer sex.

Rationale

There are numerous reasons why people do not use condoms: they may be unfamiliar with them; be embarrassed to talk with a partner about using them; or believe negative myths that convince them not to use condoms. This activity gives participants a chance to confront possible barriers to condom use and to respond to these barriers. After participants have had a chance to develop condom dialogue competence, they get to practice their skills and increase their condom efficacy. Finally, negative ideas about condoms are confronted by giving participants a chance to brainstorm all positive reasons to use them.

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