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Section 1

- Introduction
- Overview
- Objectives
- Infections
- Most Common
- Ulcerative
- Non-Ulcerative
- Curable
- Incurable
- Factors
- Consequences
- Risk of HIV
- STD Control
- Transmitters
- Containing
- Social Norms
- Condom Use
- Management
- Challenges
- Program Level
- Women at Risk
- Reaching Men
> Adolescents
- Adolescents
- Reaching
- Prevention
- Management
- Summary

Section 2
Section 3


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Section 1 - STDs: An Overview

Program Level: Adolescents at Risk


Behavioral factors

  • Multiple sex partners
  • Lack of knowledge of negotiation skills
  • Alcohol and drug use

Psychological factors

  • Sense of invulnerability
  • Willingness to take risks

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Adolescents are another group that needs STD services. About seven of every 10 STD infections occur among individuals aged 15 to 24.

Sexually active, unmarried young adults are at high risk for STDs, primarily for behavioral reasons. Risky sexual behaviors of young adults include changing sexual partners often or having a partner with multiple partners. Also, many youth lack knowledge of STDs. Even those who are knowledgeable may find it difficult to use condoms consistently and correctly. Young adults also may lack communication and negotiation skills, making condom use difficult. In addition, youth who use alcohol or drugs may behave in ways that increase their risk for STDs.

Psychological factors that put many adolescents at increased risk for STDs include a general sense of invulnerability and the desire to try new experiences and willingness to take risks.



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