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Krista Young [email protected] Sexually Transmitted Disease Education within Baltimore City Schools Psyc 332: Psychology of Human Sexuality, Section 7381 Education Site: High Schools within Baltimore City
2 RUNNING HEAD: Sexually Transmitted Disease Education within Baltimore City Schools Goals The purpose of this training program is to provide Baltimore City youth with accurate, evidence-based education regarding Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Infections (STDs and STIs) such as Gonorrhea, Herpes and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). We aim to discover common misconceptions regarding safer sex practices and STDs within this age group, as well as the root of these misconceptions. We hope to facilitate the understanding of the severity of these diseases and the lifelong impact contraction may have. In addition, we intend to promote the desire to avoid these diseases. Our goal is to teach this demographic proper methods in which to prevent the contraction of STDs, through techniques such as abstinence, identifying high risk behaviors, and safer sex such as condoms. Additionally, we intend to teach these adolescents how to identify signs and symptoms of STDs within their own bodies. We seek to assist these young people to know what to look for with their partner as well. Furthermore, we plan to address social stigmas associated with STDs, particularly viral STDs such as Genital Warts or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), and lead students through necessary discussions with a partner. We seek to eradicate fear regarding open discussions regarding HIV status and requiring partners to be tested. Next, students will be introduced to management of these diseases. We will start with teaching students about STIs that are curable, such as Gonorrhea and Chlamydia, and their treatment. We plan to stress the lifelong effects of the infection despite the fact that they are curable. In addition, we will discuss incurable STDs, such as the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), including treatments options, pain and further aftereffects, such as cancer. Also, we aim to clarify the differences between HIV and AIDS and the implications regarding treatment. Finally, we will provide students with local resources that will maintain privacy and dignity while properly testing diagnosing, and treating STDs,
3 RUNNING HEAD: Sexually Transmitted Disease Education within Baltimore City Schools Training Question How can we, as educated medical professionals, properly educate and prepare Baltimore City youth to protect themselves against the contraction and lifelong implications of the Sexually Transmitted Diseases that are rapidly growing within our community? Target Population Our target population is High School students between the ages of 14-18 in Baltimore City schools. Baltimore City continues to remain an struggling community in which education is underfunded and underserved. For those that can barely receive proper education in subjects such as math and writing, sexual education leaves much to be desired. Baltimore City has some of the

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