Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections Workshop
After participating in this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Describe five STIs, including their symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and long-term consequences
- Explain three behaviors that put people at risk for contracting an STI
- Identify five strategies for preventing the spread of STIs
Take Home Messages
The goal of this workshop is to provide students with an overview of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among teens. Students will have a better understanding of the behaviors that put them at risk for acquiring an STI and will learn how to protect themselves.
While conducting this workshop, peer educators should keep in mind the major messages for participants to take home:
- Abstinence from oral, vaginal, and anal intercourse and intimate skin-to-skin contact is the only 100% effective way to avoid a sexually transmitted infection.
- Most STIs do not have any symptoms but can still be transmitted to others.
- Some sexually transmitted infections are curable while others are not.
- Non-treatment of STIs may lead to serious health problems.
- Sexually active teens must know their partners, limit their partners, and use a latex condom or barrier with all sexual activity in order to reduce the risk of getting an STI.