The Role of Friends in Promoting Safer Sex
By the end of this lesson, participants will be able to:
1. Defend the proposition that if a friendâ€™s behaviors put him or her at risk, a real friend will try to prevent the danger.
2. Identify possible responses they might have when a friend is at risk.
3. Apply different ways of taking action to reduce a friendâ€™s risk.
Most sexuality education focuses on the individualâ€™s responsibility for self and partner. However, by acknowledging the vital role of peers in determining a personâ€™s attitudes and behaviors, many educators now use peer education effectively. Yet, young people are seldom urged to be proactive regarding a friendâ€™s risky sexual behaviors, as they are in safety campaigns such as those regarding alcohol use, e.g., â€œFriends donâ€™t let friends drive drunk.â€ This lesson encourages young people to consider whether a true friend needs to take a role in discouraging risky sexual behavior that could lead to a sexually transmitted infection or an unplanned pregnancy.