By Nora Gelperin, MEd
By the end of this lesson plan, participants will be able to:
1. Clarify their beliefs about abstinence and whether or not oral sex is congruent with their personal abstinence definitions.
2. Recognize the variety of attitudes about oral sex and abstinence.
3. Examine the role of intimacy in deciding whether or not to engage in oral sex.
Many health professionals are concerned about reports of oral sex among young people and its risk of transmitting sexual infections. Once considered intensely intimate, oral sex has more recently been termed “the new third base,” and may hold a variety of meanings for young people today. Some teens view oral sex as congruent with their definition of sexual abstinence, while others do not. This lesson will give participants an opportunity to explore and clarify their beliefs about oral sex and intimacy and how oral sex relates to decisions about abstinence and safer sex.