Sexually Transmitted Diseases
When it comes to your sexual health, having accurate and comprehensive information on STDs, and STIs is essential. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a concern for almost everyone. But as more information becomes available, staying safe is getting easier, through both preventative methods and treatment.
Due to the seriousness of some sexually transmitted diseases, it's important that people of all ... read more »
Although some STDs are easily treated, others have no cure. The sites below discuss the concept of ... read more »
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Sex can be an uncomfortable topic for many adults to discuss with their children. The Web has many resources to help parents in this situation. In this section, you'll find some sites that are teen- and child-friendly in tone and subject matter, as well as information to help teaching children about STDs.
- Don't let embarrassment keep you from speaking to your children about such an important topic. If it's easier to find a Web site and tell your child about it, you can use this as a springboard to open communication.
- Some Web sites are very graphic in both language and images. Parents may want to review sites before recommending them to their child if they don't want their children to see certain elements or read about certain topics.
For advice on how to talk to your kids about STDs ...
American Social Health Association
offers this article on how to talk to your children about sex, sexual behavior and sexual health. The authors suggest ways to make yourself an "approachable, askable parent" and offer tips for preparing for "the big talk."
has a parents' section that offers advice on talking to your children about sexually transmitted infections. It provides tips for talking and commonly asked questions about STDs so that you are informed and prepared to talk to your kids.
Peer to Peer
Web site is home to "Stop, Think, Be Safe," an STD prevention program. The section for parents offers practical tips on talking to kids about STDs, like how to initiate the conversation, creating an open environment and communicating your values.
Illinois Department of Public Health
provides "Beyond the Birds and Bees: Talking to Your Kids About AIDS/HIV, STDs and Unintended Pregnancy." The article offers advice on how to communicate with your child about these sensitive issues.
For STD information aimed at an adolescent or teen audience ...
American Academy of Family Physicians
provides information in language that's appropriate for teenagers. It reviews what sexually transmitted diseases are, how they are transmitted, and signs and symptoms. This information is also available in Spanish.
I Wanna Know,
a Web site sponsored by the American Social Health Association, is geared toward teens. It discusses sexually transmitted diseases and has links to frequently asked questions that teenagers may be uncomfortable discussing with parents or peers.
is an international AIDS charity. The Web site has a section devoted to teens who are concerned about sexuality and disease. You'll find several links on safer sex and birth control, as well as booklets in PDF format.
is especially for teens, written in language meant for them. The site covers how sexually transmitted infections are spread, how to prevent and treat them, and it provides links to the more common types of STDs for further information. There's also information on talking to your partner about using a condom
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As with many medical conditions, STD research is constantly being done and there ... read more »
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