Encouraging People to Seek STI Testing
By Alison Whitehead
By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:
1. Describe at least two facts about testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
2. Identify at least two barriers to seeking STI testing services and assess solutions to those barriers.
3. Describe at least two feelings a person might have about STI testing.
4. Identify at least two reasons why it’s important to get tested for STIs.
Educational strategies are of critical importance for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections. Just as valuable are opportunities to learn about STI testing and overcome barriers that may keep people from seeking the testing and treatment they need. This lesson helps participants understand the importance of getting tested for STIs. Participants examine key facts about STI testing and assess barriers to going to the doctor, while building personal comfort with skills for seeking health care, including seeking testing for STIs, when needed.