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Goals

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
- FP/MCH
- 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: Reaching Adolescents

Teaching adolescents about STDs
  • Special techniques are needed to change behavior

  • FP/MCH programs can:
    • work with schools and community organizations
    • offer accessible, nonjudgemental services
    • provide satellite clinics targeted to youth

Promoting and providing condoms to youth are essential

Photo: WHO/E. Mandelmann
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Family planning and other health programs should try to reach adolescents, especially those who are sexually active. Not only are special techniques needed to change adolescent behavior, but techniques for reaching adolescents require more creativity than those designed for adults. Many sexually active, unmarried young adults do not realize they are at high risk for STDs and so do not seek out services.

FP/MCH programs can reach adolescents by offering STD prevention services, in conjunction with school-based programs and community groups. Teaching adolescents to provide information to their peers can be especially effective.

To reach youth effectively, programs need to provide services in a nonjudgmental manner and be accessible in terms of cost, location, hours of operation and waiting time. Family planning programs can even provide satellite clinics targeted specifically to youth.

Promoting and providing condoms for STD control are particularly important for adolescents.

 

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