SERIES 3

Lesson 6

CHOOSE KNOWLEDGE

Abstinence from sexual activity until marriage is the only sure way to prevent STDs and pregnancy.

SERIES 3: CHOOSE KNOWLEDGE

Character Traits: Compassion and Confidentiality

Compassion and Condfidentiality are important when dealing with peers and family members who may be suffering negative consequences of sexual activity.  Compassion is an understanding of someone else’s experience and wanting to help them. A confidential friend will be compassionate by listening to another’s heartache, not passing judgment, and not telling others about it. By practicing compassion and confidentiality, the importance of making and keeping boundaries can be shared with friends who need to know.

LESSON:

By discussing the medically accurate information concerning common STDs, youth will gain an understanding of the emotional, psychological, and health risks of sexual activity. The students will be given an opportunity to discuss their concerns and questions with a medical professional that is invited as a guest to teach this class. Students will understand that non-marital pregnancy and/or STD infection may occur even if using protection or contraceptive techniques.

Students will:

  • Identify the most common STDs and gain an understanding of their potential of infection even when protection is used.

  • Understand their potential of infection with an STD with each additional partner

  • Gain knowledge in the types, causes and ways of contracting the most common STDs causing an epidemic of these infections among teens. 

  • Understand information concerning the vaccinations for specific STDs.

  • Consider research showing the rates for failure of the birth control methods most commonly used by teens. 

  • Define "compassion" and “confidential”

  • Share details of how to obtain free testing for HIV/STDs.

  • Recognize that abstinence is the only 100% effective method of avoiding a pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.