Includes 10 lesson plans for teaching about sexual health selected and completely updated from the award-winning third edition of Teaching Safer Sex.
DEFINING SEXUAL HEALTH
This lesson will allow participants to define sexual health, recognize its characteristics, and understand ways to improve and protect their sexual health.
MASTURBATION: A SAFE BUT TOUCHY SUBJECT
This lesson will help participants examine common attitudes and beliefs about masturbation in a non-threatening, nonjudgmental manner. It also allows them the opportunity to consider, perhaps for the first time, just how valuable masturbation can be as a safe form of sexual expression and pleasure.
STI Bingo is a game that allows youth to apply important information about sexually transmitted infections including modes of transmission, types of STIs, and relevant prevention techniques.
THE BIG IF
The risk continuum strategy used in this lesson helps participants overcome discomfort with sexual words, evaluate the relative risks of various behaviors, and compare modes of transmission.
THE CONDOM LINE-UP
The active involvement of participants in this lesson is designed to relieve their anxiety about using condoms by increasing their confidence in condoms as a reliable form of contraception and protection against sexually transmitted infections.
SWIPING RIGHT: CHARACTERISTICS OF A SUCCESSFUL CONDOM USER
This lesson advocates an expansion of the definition of sexual attractiveness to include a person’s willingness to communicate about and practice safer sex.
SAY WHAT?!? COMMUNICATING ABOUT SAFER SEX
This lesson will provide participants with an opportunity to develop comfort and skills around communicating assertively about safer sex.
CHOOSING CONDOMS, CHOOSING LUBES
In this lesson participants confront the issue of talking with a partner about condom use, and in addition, reflect on the impact negative attitudes may have on a couple’s ability to protect themselves. Participants examine and evaluate a variety of brands of condoms and personal lubricants and overcome common aversion to touching condoms.
SECURING THE BACK DOOR: A GUIDE TO SAFER ANAL SEX
In this lesson, participants dispel common myths about the anus and anal sex, and learn the facts about anal anatomy, as well as sexual health and sexual safety.
FRIENDS GETTING TESTED
This lesson encourages young people to consider whether a true friend needs to take a role in discouraging risky sexual behavior that could lead to a sexually transmitted infection or an unplanned pregnancy. Participants examine the steps to getting tested.
Plus two ancillary resources:
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS — A SUMMARY