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Buckle Up! The Sex Drive is Back!

Parents, your kids are learning about sex. Let it be from You.


Year 2 begins March 3, 2017. The Sex Drive initiative encourages parents to take advantage of teachable moments in the car to talk to kids about puberty, relationships, romance and sex. Tune into Finger Lakes Radio through May to hear down to earth suggestions about how to get the conversation started. Look for us on Facebook @flxshc and Twitter at FLXSexualHealth or #SexDrive17.Check out the Rules of the Road, before getting started.
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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

Examples
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.

Article Source
STD's Kids Health
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

Previous Sex Drive Postings (Click to view)

Week Topic
One Using a Movie or TV Show
Two Sexting
Three Teen Slang
Four  Consent
Five Condoms
Six Relationships