Facing Up to STIs
By Amelia Matlack Hamarman, MSEd, MS
By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:
1. Develop strategies for discussing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in personal relationships.
2. Develop strategies for reducing the risk for spreading STIs.
3. Identify ways they can reduce their chances of contracting or spreading an STI.
Given the prevalence of STIs among adolescents, it is likely that there are participants in any given class or group who currently have, or have had an STI. Even for participants who have not had an STI, it is likely that at some point they will have a partner or friend who has an STI, or may even become infected with one themselves. This means that it is likely that most people will need to personally deal with an STI in some way at some point in their lives. This lesson gives participants an opportunity to develop strategies that can help them to address and reduce the spread of STIs in their own lives.