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Risk of Sexual Activity – Intro to STDs Bellringer List behaviors that put you at risk for sexually transmitted diseases. Then list behaviors that prevent you from being at risk. 7 th Grade
Risk of Sexual Activity – Intro to STDs Teen Pregnancy 1 in 10 female teenagers gets pregnant each year. 4 in 10 of all girls become pregnant before they reach age 20. Teen pregnancies are hard on the mother’s health. Babies born to teen mothers are more likely to have health problems. 7 th Grade
Risk of Sexual Activity – Intro to STDs Teen Pregnancy Other reasons to avoid being a teen parent include: 7 th Grade You will have less time for yourself. Most teen mothers don’t marry the father. Most pregnant teens do not finish high school. Parents are legally responsible for their child’s well-being. On average, teen fathers make less money than male teens who are not fathers.
Risk of Sexual Activity – Intro to STDs Abstinence Eliminates the Risks of Teen Sexual Activity There are many nonsexual ways to show affection. 7 th Grade Make your date feel special. Find hobbies to do together. Spend time with and get to know your date. Show respect for your date.
STDs: The Silent Epidemic An epidemic is the occurrence of more cases of a disease than expected. STDs are said to be a “silent epidemic” among teens and young adults. 7 th Grade Risk of Sexual Activity – Intro to STDs
STDs: The Silent Epidemic Many STDs are asymptomatic, which means you can have the disease without any symptoms. When there are no symptoms, a person may spread the disease without knowing it. Sexually active people should undergo regular testing for STDs. 7 th Grade Risk of Sexual Activity – Intro to STDs
STDs and Teens Behaviors that put teens at higher risk of STDs include: 7 th Grade being sexually active having more than one sexual partner having a sexual partner who has had multiple sexual partners using alcohol or drugs Risk of Sexual Activity – Intro to STDs
STDs Can Cause Permanent Damage Some STDs, such as herpes, cannot be cured. Some STDs can cause miscarriages or infant blindness. Being informed about STDs can help you avoid them. If you think you might have been exposed to an STD, see a doctor as soon as possible 7 th Grade
Risk of Sexual Activity – Intro to STDs 7 th Grade
Risk of Sexual Activity – Intro to STDs Being Responsible About STDs If you think you might have an STD: 7 th Grade seek medical help right away. complete the full course of medications. have follow-up testing done. avoid all sexual activity while being treated. notify all sexual partners.
Teens at High Risk Teenagers are at higher risk of getting an STD because their bodies may not fight infections as well as the bodies of healthy adults can. Females are at higher risk of catching an STD because females have large areas of mucous membranes that can be exposed to infectious particles during sexual intercourse. During sexual intercourse, females receive a larger volume of potentially infected body fluid than males do. Teenage females are especially at risk because the cells on the cervix of teenage females are more susceptible to infection than the cells of the adult cervix. Risk of Sexual Activity – Intro to STDs 7th Grade
Preventing STDs Things you can do to protect yourself from STDs also include: 7 th Grade choosing friends who influence you positively getting plenty of rest going out as a group being aware of your emotions Risk of Sexual Activity – Intro to STDs
Preventing STDs Things you can do to protect yourself from STDs include: 7 th Grade practicing abstinence staying away from alcohol and drugs respecting yourself learning the facts about STDs Risk of Sexual Activity – Intro to STDs
Peer Pressure Now onto Peer Pressure Make a list of the groups, things, or people that can influence your behavior. 7 th Grade
Who Influences You? Positive influences can encourage you to improve yourself or to do good. Negative influences can pressure you to do something that is unhealthy or dangerous. Peer pressure is a feeling that you should do something because that is what your friends want. 7 th Grade Peer Pressure
Types of Pressure Direct pressure is the result of someone trying to convince you to do something you normally wouldn’t do. Indirect pressure results from being swayed to do something because people you look up to are doing it. 7 th Grade Peer Pressure
Coping with Pressures 7 th Grade Peer Pressure Internal Pressure –Is an impulse a person feels to engage in a behavior. External Pressure –Is a pressure a person feels from another person or from a group to engage in a behavior.
Everybody has felt some type of pressure from his or her friends at one point or another. Make a list of 5 things that you can do to avoid peer pressure so that you will not be influenced in a negative way. Be prepared to share! 7 th Grade Peer Pressure
Refusal Skills List three ways that you can refuse a negative behavior. 7 th Grade
Refusal Skills Refusing Verbally and Nonverbally To get out of a pressure situation: 7 th Grade Clearly identify the problem. State your thoughts and feelings. Say what you would like to happen instead. Explain the results if the change in plans is made. Explain the results if the change in plans is not made.
Refusal Skills Refusing Verbally and Nonverbally To get out of a pressure situation: 7 th Grade Match what you say with your body language. If your friend keeps pressuring you, stop being friends with that person.
Practicing Refusal Skills It helps to practice refusal skills so you will be ready for real-life pressure situations. When a person says “no”, always respect others and don’t put anyone down. If someone keeps pressuring you, then you may have to leave the situation. Refusal Skills7th Grade