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Section 1
Section 2

- Objectives
- Prevention
- Education
- Assessing
> Skills Training
- Behavioral
- Couples
- Peer Groups
- Contraceptive
- Dual Method
- Alternative
- Male Condom
- Negotiating
- Reaching
- Correct Use
- Promotion
- Female
- Correct Use
- Resource
- Resource
- Summary

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Section 2 - STD Prevention

Counseling: Skills Training

Clients need skills to:

  • change their behavior
  • negotiate risk reduction
  • improve communication within relationships

Can involve practicing with friends and role-playing

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Even when people know that certain behaviors are risky, they often continue those behaviors. Therefore, counseling about STD prevention should also include skills training to change risky behavior.

Furthermore, people often need skills to help change the behaviors of others. Many women, for example, are at risk for STDs due to their partner’s behavior, but do not know how to negotiate risk reduction within the relationship.

Counselors who also discuss such issues as improving partner communication and ways to empower women within relationships can help clients change aspects of their lives that put them at risk for STDs. This broader approach to counseling resulted in a significant increase in condom use, according to observations by providers in Brazil, Honduras and Jamaica.

Techniques that may help clients communicate directly about sexual matters or help increase their power in relationships include practicing discussions of sexual subjects with friends and role-playing.



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