Students research the names, causes, and symptoms of common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). They identify resources someone can turn to for help with STDs and propose and carry out a plan to teach others about STDs.
One 50-Minute Class Period, plus time to plan and carry out a service project
The learners will:
Students plan and carry out a campaign to educate others about sexually transmitted diseases, with a goal of reducing the number of cases of STDs in the teen community.
sexually transmitted disease (STD): an illness that has a significant probability of transmission by means of human sexual behavior
Tell students that "Nineteen million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24." (This fact is from www.Dosomething.org where students can read other facts about teens and sexually transmitted diseases http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-teens-and-stds)
Students use the information learned about prevention of STDs and their voice to make a difference in the community. Have youth committ to sharing their information with at least one other person.
Community Resources: Invite a health educator or local intervention professional to speak to the class. This person can offer reliable information about disease and prevention. He or she may suggest effective and nonthreatening ways to communicate with others about the issue. The guest may also speak about the local statistics, identifying the number of teens with STDs. Discuss whether STD education is a local need. Also, the guest may speak about how different sectors of society address the issue: government, business, nonprofit organizations/volunteers, and families.
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