Young people aged between 15 and 24 account for over 50% of UK’s STI infection rates.  Public Health England launched a campaign in 2017 with a focus on the health harms of STIs amongst 16 to 24 year olds, with particular emphasis on those aged 16 to 19 years, the campaign promoted condom use and signposted young people to further information and support.

Workshop Overview

This workshop gives pupils an insight into STI’s, what they are, how they can and can’t be passed on, what to expect from signs and symptoms and where to go for testing, treatment, help and support.

Pupils will learn the difference between viral and bacterial STI’s including HIV/AIDS and be shown a range of barrier contraceptives that can use to help protect themselves from risk.

This workshop includes a video from thesite.org which demonstrates exactly what happens when visiting a sexual health clinic for screening purposes.

Pupils are encourage to maintain good sexual health, access contraception and recognise when the may have put themselves at risk.

PHE research indicates that young people know that using condoms prevent STIs, but there is very limited knowledge of the symptoms and consequences of STIs. Most young people believe that STIs are easy to treat and the risks of catching one aren’t high enough to warrant precautions.

This workshop will help pupils to;

Understand that an STI is a health condition that needs to be taken seriously, because leaving an STI untreated can cause complications

Help young people a build a clear definitive knowledge of STI’s, including what signs and symptoms look and feel like

Understand transmission routes, testing procedures, including home testing kits and how to use them

Gain a knowledge of treatment options for STI’s that can be cured and be aware of options available for the long term management of STI’s that are incurable such as HIV, Herpes and HPV

Be able to source and correctly use barrier methods of contraception

Understand the principles of the Fraser Guidelines when considering seeking medical help, advice or treatment and that these guidelines are in place to protect confidentiality

Understand what is meant by safeguarding and the ways that services aimed at young people have both a moral and legal duty of care to report concerns of abuse, grooming or exploitation.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Infections (STD/Is) — Encouraging Life  Organization