What are some types of STDs? Chlamydia Gonorrhea Syphilis Genital Warts Herpes HIV Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Hepatitis B, C, A
Signs & Symptoms of STDs Bumps, rash, or sores on or near genital area. Warts Unusual discharge (color, text, amount or odor) Pain, burning, or itching in the pubic area Pain when urinating Pain in the abdominal area
HOW do people get an STD? Vaginal intercourse Oral sex Anal sex Mother to child
WHO can get an STD? ANYONE!!! Teens & young people are affected by STDs more than any other age group 2/3 of the people who get gonorrhea or Chlamydia are 24 years of age or younger If you have sex with a person who has an STD, you are at risk for catching the disease
WHAT is the one sure way to prevent getting STDs? ABSTINENCE – the only 100% method of preventing an STD.
WHY you should avoid STDs? Death Blindness Paralysis Heart Disease Brain damage Cervical cancer Infertility
WHY you should avoid STDs? Ectopic Pregnancy Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Chronic Pelvic Pain Baby born with STD or hurt by STD Embarrassment Loss of Relationship
Four Important Facts of STDs STDs increase the chance of HIV infections. A person who has an STD often will not have any symptoms. STDs are sexist – they hurt women more than men All STDs are NOT curable.
How can you tell if someone has an STD? Often you cannot tell Seeing sores, blisters, warts or pimples near the genital area.
Why might it be difficult to tell your partner if you had an STD? Partner may be angry You might feel embarrassed, ashamed, you might feel afraid of losing your partner.
How would you feel if you had an STD? Angry Ashamed Embarrassed Afraid Dirty Depressed
If you got an STD, with whom you be angry? MYSELF??
Transmission Game Write your name on the side of the index card that has the letter on it. Stand Up Walk around the group until I say “Stop” Stop in front of the person closest to you Discuss the question I will ask you After discussing sign each other’s card (side without the letter on it) & return to original owner
Transmission Game Question #1 Why is it not a good idea for teenagers to have sex?
Transmission Game Question #2 How would you feel if you got an STD?
Transmission Game Question #3 Why is waiting to have sex a good idea?
Transmission Game Question #4 What are some reasons young people give for not wanting to have sexual intercourse?
Transmission Game Question #5 What might you say to someone if they were trying to pressure you into having sex & you did not want to do it?
Transmission Game Exercise involving “verbal intercourse, but going to pretend it involved “sexual intercourse” Stand up if your have a “D” on your card You have a disease & anyone with their name has the disease as well Read the names of the people on your card(s) and stand up
Transmission Game If you have an “A” on your card, sit down you abstained & did not have sex If you have an “U” on your card, remain standing because you had unprotected sex
Transmission Game “D” Cards: How did it feel to imagine you had been infected with an STD? “U” Cards: How did you feel about possibly being infected? “A” Cards: How did you feel
What did you learn from this activity? One person can infect many by passing the disease from someone who passes it on to the next person STDs can be spread through unprotected vaginal, oral & anal sex People have sex, not only with their partner, but also everyone their partner has ever been sexually. It doesn’t feel good to have an STD You can’t always tell who is infected & who isn’t
What did you learn from this activity? Anybody can get an STD Better understanding of my feelings about STDs & sex Practicing abstinence can help you feel good about yourself.
STD infections among teens are real. Important to understand the need to practice abstinence in their relationships and make proud and responsible decisions. Being safe and not getting a STD is your responsibility and the responsibility of your boyfriend. ABSTINENCE is only sure way to prevent getting an STD
STOP, THINK & ACT: Introduction to Problem Solving Feeling pressure & conflict is normal People have to make decisions on a daily basis while experiencing pressure and conflict We do not have much time to think about what we should do, without a strategy we sometimes make unhealthy choices
STOP Why might you need to STOP if you were being pressured sexually? STOPPING is important because it gives you a chance to take a deep breath, calm down & collect yourself.
THINK Why might you need to think? THINKING keeps you, not your emotions, in control of the situation. You don’t want to overract.
THINK What is the problem? What am I being pressured to do? What are my choices? What do I want? How can I stay in control? What alternatives can I suggest? Have I considered all possible alternatives?