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Family Life and Sexual Health, Grade 7, Lesson 21

F.L.A.S.H.

  • Some abstain to decrease the chance of getting their heart broken.

  • Some teens don’t want to disappoint their parents.

  • People also abstain from injection drugs for all kinds of reasons. They may want to avoid hepatitis, HIV, addiction, or getting arrested. They may want to avoid getting high and making sexual decisions they will later regret.

M. How can people find out if they are infected with HIV?

  • They can get a blood test that checks for antibodies to HIV.

  • Almost everybody with HIV has enough antibodies to show up on a test within 3

months from the time they got infected.

Most people who are infected feel fine for years so they don’t think of getting tested; most doctors won’t do the test unless the patient specifically asks.

Generally, people of any age can get tested confidentially at Public Health Department clinics, Planned Parenthood clinics, doctors’ offices, and teen clinics.

Around here people can get tested at

specifics .]

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. [Fill in the blank if you know

  • N.

    Most people have sex some time in their lives. What should they know in order to protect themselves?

    • Condoms greatly reduce the risk of pregnancy as well as HIV and other STD’s. Condoms are very effective when used correctly *-- every time.

    • Many birth control methods are very effective at preventing pregnancy, but only condoms and abstinence protect against HIV and other STD’s. Some people use condoms with another birth control method to protect themselves against pregnancy AND disease.

    • The fewer partners a person has in their life and the longer they can delay beginning to have sex, the lower their risk of getting or giving HIV or other STD’s.

    • It is safest to practice monogamy with an uninfected partner. Monogamy is when two people have sex ONLY with each other. Before beginning a new monogamous relationship, if either person has taken risks in the past, they should get tested to be sure they are not already infected.

  • *

    Barriers include male condoms, female condoms and dental dams.

4. Close the lesson. (2 minutes)

If you remember one thing from today, I hope you remember that HIV is preventable. Tomorrow we’ll focus on the role of alcohol and other drugs in HIV transmission.

PUBLIC HEALTH – SEATTLE & KING COUNTY WWW.METROKC.GOV/HEALTH/FAMPLAN/FLASH

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SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS HIV/AIDS REVISED 2002

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