Finger Lakes Sexual Health Coalition
Buckle Up! The Sex Drive is Back!
Parents, your kids are learning about sex. Let it be from You.
The Sex Drive Week #7, April 15-22
Using Time in the Car to Talk to Your Kids about Sex
This week talk to your kids about infections they can get from sex
Ask your 8-9 year old, “How do illnesses get passed around (colds, sore throats, etc.)?” “How can you keep from getting someone else’s germs?” “What do you think people do together when they go out on a date?”
Ask your teen, “Are there other ways to get STI’s than actually having sex?” “How dangerous are STI's?" “How can you tell if someone has an STI?” “How would you know if you had an STI?”
Ask your older adolescent, “What sort of people get STI's?" "When a person gets an STI, how do you think they feel? Why might it be difficult to tell their boyfriend or girlfriend about it?” “Where can you get reliable STI information?” “How do people protect themselves from STI's?"
There is a lot of stigma associated with infections you can get from sex. This makes it a tricky topic for parents and children. Adolescents often think of STIs as a problem for “dirty” people. This is very far from the truth. Anyone who has sex (vaginal, oral, anal) is at risk for infection. Many STI's have few or no symptoms. Don't be fooled, lack of symptoms doesn't mean STI's are trivial. HIV can progress to AIDS and kill, gonorrhea and chlamydia cause infections in a woman's pelvis and lead to infertility and HPV causes cancers of the cervix, penis, anus and throat. The stakes are too high to avoid this conversation for too long.
Come on parents get the conversation started. Your kids are learning about sex. Let it be from you!
Check out the links below to learn more about this very important topic.
|College Students and STI's||Columbia University|
|STD's are Normal: Reducing the Stigma||Psychology Today|
|STI's: Better the Devil You Know||Peer 2 Peer|
|Talking to Your Teens||National Center for Health Research|
|Why Your Daughter and Son Need the HPV Vaccine||Consumer Reports|