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Sexually Transmitted Infections

Teaching healthy sexuality includes arming your teen against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Many teens are not aware of STIs and their symptoms and effects.
They may underestimate their chances of contracting a disease or downplay the risks involved in unprotected sex. Knowledge is the key to counteracting this risky outlook.

Research the following STIs and share the information you find with your child. Talk about the types of contraception that will protect him or her from STIs.

  • Human Papilloma virus (HPV)
  • Chlamydia
  • Genital Herpes
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Hepatitis B Virus
  • Gonorrhea
  • Trichomoniasis (Trich)
  • Syphilis

If your child has had unprotected sex, arrange for a visit with the doctor of your teen’s choice to check for STIs.