SEXUALLYTRANSMITTED DISEASES EDUCATION TO TEENAGERS
SexuallyTransmitted Diseases Education to Teenagers
Sexuallytransmitted disease has been a major problem affecting teenagers inthe current generation. Though not limited to them, the main victimsof sexually transmitted infections have been teenagers. This is dueto the increased prevalence of unprotected sexual intercourse andrelated promiscuous activities. This well supported by the officialstatistics from the health department that are showing continuousrise in the cases of teenagers contracting sexually transmitteddisease placing them at a risk of contracting HIV and AIDS(Gerdes, 2003). Tocounter this trend health education programs are required to be putin place to help and educate the teenagers on the danger ofirresponsible sexual behavior that has led to continuous rise in STDsprevalence. To conduct the educational programs an institution wherethe learning is to be conducted is identified and additionallypermission sort from the management and the parents to the teenagerstoo.
Tothat effect Tamara Adams Unit was identified as the school centre tobe visited. Among the requirements was the provision of contact tothe management of the unit that was duly done. Additionally theteenagers were sent homes with prepared permission slip that hadspaces for the parents to sign. Once the parent duly signed for theteenagers below the age of eighteen then they were allowed to attendthe educational meeting. Additionally, the Unit center head isrequired to sign document allowing the holding of the meeting attheir facility. The audience that is expected is expected to becomprised of teenagers below the age of twenty five since is the maingroup that is affected by the prevalent spread of sexuallytransmitted diseases. Furthermore, any other teenager willing toattend from outside the centre will be allowed subject to permissionby the facilities management. Both boys and girls are expected at thetraining that will be held jointly so as to be able to sensitize thetwo groups on various risks posed by sexually transmitted diseases.
Themain reason for the organization of the program is to empower theteenagers with knowledge to help them over the traps of contractingsexually transmitted diseases(Beigi, 2012). Thisis well in line with the main problem we are having of youngteenagers contracting preventable STDs. The aim of the training is toenhance their decision making techniques with reference to sexualactivities. Moreover training on how to use a condom will be offeredto the teenagers. Not far from this is the fact that most of theteenagers do not know how to use a condom yet they are sexuallyactive. As a result, the condoms they use keep on bursting while theyare in their sexual adventures. To cure this problem. it was foundwise to show them practically how to put on and remove them. Inaddition to this the teenagers are also to be trained on how to avoidand even overcome potential violence based sexual harassment. Theteenagers are to be trained on how to protect themselves and avoidbeing infected with sexually transmitted infections for example byrapists.
Moreover,it was important to discuss with the teenagers the topic on sexuallytransmitted disease since they have a lot of free time that givesthem the opportunity to indulge in irresponsible sexual behavior(Gerdes, 2003). In relation to this, they put their live at danger of contracting HIVand AIDS that is incurable .Included as one of the agendum of themeeting is the giving of guidance to the youth on how to spend theirfree time. Of importance s the introduction to various sportingdisciplines whereby the teenagers may be able to keep fit and alsorealize their sporting talents. The main reason of doing this is themajor threat posed by sexually transmitted infections to theteenagers among them being dropping out of school and developingserious health complications. An ideal example being mental illnessdeveloped due to going for without proper treatment of syphilis(Nack, 2008). Additionally,the various types of infections pose serious threats to the immunityof the body since some have the ability to attack other parts of thebody.
Theother main reason of choosing the topic was to ensure that theteenagers were well informed on the various signs and symptoms ofvarious sexually transmitted diseases. To this effect the teenagerswould be able to seek medical help at the earliest chance. This willhelp reduce heavy medical cost incurred once the situation hasworsened. Moreover, it is important to note that the topic issensitive and most parents shy away from discussing this issue withtheir young teenagers(Gerdes, 2003). .Attributable to this is the high number of teenagers contractingsexually transmitted diseases daily. The teenager will also get achance to express their thoughts on sexual activities and be able toseek professional guidance from a professional. This will helpeliminate various misconceptions about the sexually transmitteddiseases that the youth may have.
Tosummarize, it is important to underscore the importance of making theyouth well aware of the various types of STDs and their relatedrisks. This will help save a generation and as well lead to areduction in HIV and AIDS spread among the teenagers. Through such aprogram a positive mark will have been made in the society.
Beigi,R. H. (2012). Sexuallytransmitted diseases.Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.
Gerdes,L. I. (2003). Sexuallytransmitted diseases.San Diego: Greenhaven Press.
Nack,A. (2008). Damagedgoods?: Women living with incurable sexually transmitted diseases.Philadelphia: Temple University Press.