2.8 Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
The audience knows that staying in boats also protects oneself from contracting other STIs, which AIDS is one of. Furthermore, it knows about the increased risk of contracting HIV if STIs remain untreated. Above all the audience receives general information on symptoms, courses of disease and treatment options.
not necessary, eventually brochures about STIs
Frontal teaching unit.
The speaker refers to the further use of the Boats of hope. They offer reliable protection from other STIs such as syphilis, gonorrhoea and hepatitis. If possible the speaker should use the corresponding expressions in the local language. STIs in general are not to be underestimated, because untreated they can lead to infertility, death and other such dire consequences. Next the speaker should describe the symptoms and refer to treatment options. On the basis of symptoms it can be vividly explained why STIs, under the condition that the partner is infected with HIV, increase the probability of contracting HIV. Concerning treatment options, it is particularly important that the concerned person seeks treatment together with his sexual partners. Otherwise there can be a repeated infection, and thus the treatment success does not last long.
This module, due to its frontal teaching format, is not very suitable at keeping the audiences attention for more than one hour. Improvements regarding ways of presentation should be striven for. Owing to this we inserted the condom demonstration between the Boats of hope module and the STIs in general module as you can see above.
Is it true that if I get syphilis I will get AIDS later on?
Answer: No, both syphilis and AIDS are STIS. HIV causes AIDS. If one is infected by an STI [here syphilis] there is an increased probability of contracting HIV when having unprotected sex with an HIV positive partner.
We applied the module STIs in general in communities. In schools with a much lower average age we applied Leticias story, instead of STIs in general. The story illustrates the meaning of teenage pregnancy, as well as showing the possible consequences of teenage pregnancy. Its aim is to inform people to deal more responsibly when making decisions over sexual relations.