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Lessons, activities, video clips featuring teens and adult experts, and a graphic PowerPoint presentation are included.


STD Jeopardy
In this interactive “game show” style lesson, participants challenge each other to know the difference between the fact and fiction of different signs, symptoms and complications of STDs.

HIV/AIDS: Living with the Disease
By examining the constraints and limits imposed upon a person’s daily life while dealing with the disease, including the debilitating side effects of some medications, participants are introduced to what it is like to live with HIV/AIDS.

The Math of Sex
Using a variety of scripted communication and behavior scenarios, participants examine the risks of acquiring STIs, and how these risks are affected by behaviors involving persuasion, refusal, and answering difficult questions.

STD Bingo
Youth learn and demonstrate their knowledge of the different kinds of STDs, including method of transmission, signs and symptoms, various treatment options, complications, and prevention strategies.

STD Gameshow
After being presented with information about STDs--including methods of transmission, symptoms, treatment options, complications, and prevention strategies--participants put their knowledge to the test in a game show style activity.

What’s Up Down There?
Included is a Power Point presentation that uses facts and graphic images to educate participants about STIs. Speaking comfortably about STIs and using factual terms from a knowledgeable basis is also stressed.

Youth and HIV: Talking with Friends, Family and Partners
After reviewing the facts about HIV and its transmission, participants are given communication skills to help them talk honestly and openly about themselves and their friends’ expectations regarding activities that carry a risk for infection.

No Laughing Matter: Editorial Cartoons and HIV/AIDS
After briefly reviewing the facts and history the disease, participants examine a series of editorial cartoons on HIV/AIDS, including works by David Horsey. Visual and social elements of each work are discussed. Youth then create their own editorial cartoons.


The Seven Year Reunion
Assuming they are assembled for a seven-year reunion, participants engage in a dramatization that explores the human impact of the statistics associated with unprotected sex.

STI Brochure
After analyzing material available in relation to target audience perceived needs, participants construct their own informational STI brochure.

Invite a Speaker to Class
Youth discuss and write about what they have learned after gathering information about STIs and HIV from an expert speaker.

Make Your Own Game of Risk
Using the statistics about contracting STIs, HIV and/or becoming pregnant, youth create their own game of risk using dramatization and problem solving.

Mapping the Global Epidemic of HIV
After gathering global statistics on the spread of HIV, participants synthesize the information by making a map showing affected populations.

Not Just the Facts
Youth examine the meaning of STI/HIV statistics by relating them to their local communities, and publishing them for community members to see.

Different for Men and Women: How STIs Affect the Sexes
Participants research the modes of transmission and symptoms of specific STIs, keeping track of how each affects men and women differently, then share their results.

Sex is Like a Box of Chocolates
…you never know what you’ll get. Participants are asked to brainstorm fortune-cookie style messages that raise awareness of STIs and HIV.

Make a skit about STIs / HIV
Romance rarely involves getting tested. Participants dramatize romantic scenes that integrate information about STIs/HIV.

Terminology is always changing. Participants research and write an article on the changing terminology of STDs and STIs.

You’re in the News
In preparation for educating their peers, participants are asked to synthesize factual information into a news presentation on STIs and HIV.

Let’s Show It Like It Is
Participants integrate graphic STI images into a class presentation.

Possible Side Effects Include…
Participants examine images used to sell medication for treating herpes and HIV, and discuss the implications of these messages on cultural perceptions of disease sufferers, treatment, and prevention.

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The Dangers of Ambiguity
After brainstorming definitions of abstinence that include or exclude specific sexual behaviors, participants discuss the risks of sexual behaviors other than vaginal intercourse. Youth anonymously ask their own questions about risks of sexual behaviors, and conduct research to address one another’s concerns.

Playing By Heart: the Emotional Effects of HIV/AIDS
After critically viewing the film, youth examine two character relationships affected both physically and emotionally by HIV/AIDS. The impact of HIV/AIDS on both familial and romantic relationships is discussed.

You’ve Made the Front Page!
Youth examine the design and layout of a local newspaper’s front page, then create their own front page using scissors, glue, and an article about the impact of HIV/AIDS on young people.

Opinion or News?
By examining they ways in which the same topic is treated in many newspapers, participants analyze and evaluate the presentation of factual information versus opinion in the press.

Social Marketing Campaigns We Know: Know HIV/AIDS
Participants examine this campaign to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS by exploring the website, and analyzing ads, video clips and radio PSAs. Emphasis is placed on how the ads speak to specific target audiences, the messages being sent about HIV/AIDS, and effectiveness.

Learning About STIs with the Folks
Youth create board games that help educate teens and their parents about STIs.


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