Black History Month Faa09


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Learn and unfold the mysteries, myths and strip away the stereotypes surrounding STIs and HIV/AIDS. FAA Society is back with a bang, going stronger this time in Wokingham! Following on from our successful relaunch last year, we would like to celebrate black history month, by unfurling the many strands around Equality and Diversity, what this means, with particular reference to youth and sexual behaviour.

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Black History Month Faa09

  1. 1. FAA (Fight Against AIDS) Society Let’s Talk About Sex! Celebrating Black History Month October 2009
  2. 2. Why its good to talk about Sex <ul><li>It's not just your body that changes as you become sexually mature. Your feelings and emotions work in different ways too. As with anything new there's always the potential for things to become confusing. It's a bit like getting used to a new computer game, you can't expect to be an expert and master all the levels right from the very start. It takes time! </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>• It's OK to take time to make decisions about relationships and sex. </li></ul><ul><li>• A kiss is not a contract for sex. </li></ul><ul><li>• If you've had sex with someone and you don't want it again with that person, then that's OK. </li></ul><ul><li>• If you've gone so far but you don't want to have sex, then you can change your mind at anytime. That's OK too. </li></ul><ul><li>• If you decide to have sex, then you have a right to privacy and to enjoy it. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is sexual health? <ul><li>Taking care of your sexual health means more than being free from sexually transmissible infections (STIs) or an unplanned pregnancy. It also means taking responsibility for your body, your health, your partner’s health and your decisions about sex. </li></ul>Safe Sex Partner you
  5. 5. Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) <ul><li>Sexually transmissible infections are infections that can be passed on from one person to another during sex. The most common STIs in general are; </li></ul><ul><li>genital herpes </li></ul><ul><li>genital warts </li></ul><ul><li>chlamydia </li></ul><ul><li>Gonorrhoea </li></ul><ul><li>hepatitis B </li></ul><ul><li>Syphilis </li></ul><ul><li>HIV. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Being Safe With Sex! <ul><li>Being safe with sex means caring for the health of both yourself and your partner. This means that you are able to talk freely with your partner, are both ready for sex and have agreed on the use of condoms and a suitable type of contraception. Being safe protects you from getting or passing on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and an unplanned pregnancy </li></ul>Safe Sex Partner you
  7. 7. Symptoms <ul><li>Many STIs have no obvious symptoms, so a person can often have an STI without knowing it. A person with an STI may look perfectly healthy.While some infections appear to go away without treatment, they actually stay active in the body (eg. in the bloodstream or lining of your throat, cervix or anus). This means that you can pass an STI on to other sexual partners and even your baby without knowing that you are infected. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Sexual Health Checks <ul><li>If you are having sex, then you need to think about when to have a sexual health check. How often and when you need to have a check depends on your lifestyle and sexual activity.If you have any symptoms or worries about your sexual health, then arrange a check-up straight away with your doctor, family planning or sexual health clinic. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Have a Sexual Health Check if; <ul><li>• you think you might have an STI </li></ul><ul><li>• you have had unsafe sex - including vaginal, oral and anal sex </li></ul><ul><li>• you have had a condom break or if it falls off during sex </li></ul><ul><li>• your partner has another sexual partner </li></ul><ul><li>• you have shared injecting equipment </li></ul><ul><li>• you are starting a new sexual relationship. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Who can you talk to? <ul><li>• your family </li></ul><ul><li>• your friends </li></ul><ul><li>• your boyfriend/girlfriend </li></ul><ul><li>• your school counsellor or school-based youth health nurse </li></ul><ul><li>• your local family planning clinic or sexual health clinic </li></ul><ul><li>• your local GP </li></ul>
  11. 11. Information from: <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Compiled and edited by Joanita Lwanga </li></ul><ul><li>Email: </li></ul>