Decisions About Sexual Health Recommended for grades 6,7,8,9,10

This course provides participants with information about a variety of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), how they are acquired, treated, and prevented.  Students will be taught that STIs can be life threatening, lead to serious consequences, caused by bacteria or viruses, be treated but possibly not cured, and be asymptomatic.

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  • Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, & Syphilis (Bacterial STIs)
  • Genital Herpes, HPV/Genital Warts, & HIV (Viral STIs)
  • STI Statistics, Symptoms, Avoidance and Treatment
  • STI Transmission
  • STI Risk factors
  • STI Protective factors
  • Behaviors that lower risk for STIs
  • Healthy relationships
  • Open communication
  • Setting limits/boundaries


  • Students will be able to explain common ways for STIs to be spread
  • Students will identify common symptoms of STIs and explain that some STIs may be asymptomatic
  • Students will identify which STIs are curable and which can only be treated
  • Students will list effective ways to reduce their STI risk
  • Students will list and explain effective STI prevention methods
  • Students will identify common myths and misconceptions about STIs
  • Students will describe the relationship between using alcohol and other drugs and sexual risk behavior
  • Students will demonstrate refusal skills
  • Students will demonstrate decision-making steps
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid and reliable health information


National Health Education Standards & Performance Indicators Met:

Standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health

  • 1.8.1: Analyze the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health
  • 1.8.5: Describe ways to reduce or prevent injuries and other adolescent health problems
  • 1.8.6: Explain how appropriate health care can promote personal health
  • 1.8.7: Describe the benefits of and barriers to practicing healthy behaviors
  • 1.8.8: Examine the likelihood of injury or illness if engaging in unhealthy behaviors
  • 1.8.9: Examine the potential seriousness of injury or illness if engaging in unhealthy behaviors

Standard 2: Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors

  • 2.8.1:  Examine how family influences the health of adolescents
  • 2.8.2: Describe the influence of culture on health beliefs, practices and behaviors
  • 2.8.3: Describe how peers influence healthy and unhealthy behaviors
  • 2.8.4: Analyze how the school and community can affect personal health practices and behaviors
  • 2.8.5: Analyze how messages from media influence health behaviors
  • 2.8.9: Describe how some health risk behaviors can influence the likelihood of engaging in unhealthy behaviors

Standard 3: Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid information and products and services to enhance health   

  • 3.8.1: Analyze the validity of health information, products and services
  • 3.8.2: Access valid health information from home, school, and community
  • 3.8.4: Determine situations that may require professional health services
  • 3.8.5: Locate valid and reliable health products and services

Standard 4: Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks

  • 4.8.1: Apply effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills to enhance health
  • 4.8.2: Demonstrate refusal and negotiation skills that avoid or reduce health risks
  • 4.8.3: Demonstrate effective conflict management or resolution strategies
  • 4.8.4: Demonstrate how to ask for assistance to enhance the health of self and others

Standard 5: Students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health  

  • 5.8.2:  Determine when health-related situations require the application of a thoughtful decision-making process
  • 5.8.4: Distinguish between healthy and unhealthy alternatives to health-related issues or problems
  • 5.8.5: Predict the potential short-term impact of each alternative on self and others
  • 5.8.6: Choose healthy alternatives over unhealthy alternatives when making a decision
  • 5.8.7: Analyze the outcomes of a health-related decision

Standard 6: Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health  

  • 6.8.1: Assess personal health practices
  • 6.8.2: Develop a goal to adopt, maintain, or improve a personal health practice
  • 6.8.3: Apply strategies and skills needed to attain a personal health goal
  • 6.8.4: Describe how personal health goals can vary with changing abilities, priorities and responsibilities

Standard 7: Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks

  • 7.8.2: Demonstrate healthy practices and behaviors that will maintain or improve the health of self and others

Standard 8: Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family, and community health 

  • 8.8.1: State a health-enhancing position on a topic and support it with accurate information
  • 8.8.2: Demonstrate how to influence and support others to make positive choices
  • 8.8.4: Identify ways in which health messages and communication can be altered for different audiences
  • National Sexuality Standards Education, Core Content and Skills, K-12 Met:

Anatomy & Physiology

  • AP.8.AI.1: Identify accurate and credible sources about sexual health

Puberty & Adolescent Development

  • PD.8.AI.1: Identify medically-accurate sources of information about puberty, adolescent development and sexuality
  • PD.8.DM.1: Demonstrate the use of a decision-making model to evaluate possible outcomes of decisions adolescents might make


  • ID.8.AI.1: Access accurate information about gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation

Pregnancy and Reproduction

  • PR.8.CC.3: Explain the health benefits, risks, and effectiveness rates of various methods of contraception, including abstinence and condoms
  • PR.8.INF.1: Examine how alcohol and other substances peers, media, family, society and culture influence decisions about engaging in sexual behaviors
  • PR.8.AI.1: Identify medically-accurate resources about pregnancy prevention and reproductive health care
  • PR.8.AI.3: Identify medically-accurate sources of pregnancy-related information and support including pregnancy options, safe surrender policies and prenatal care
  • PR.8.IC.1: Demonstrate the use of effective communication skills to support one’s decision to abstain from sexual behaviors
  • PR.8.IC.2: Demonstrate the use of effective communication skills and negotiation skills about contraception including abstinence and condoms

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV

  • SH.8.CC.1: Define STDs, including HIV, and how they are and are not transmitted
  • SH.8.CC.2: Compare and contrast behaviors, including abstinence, to determine the potential risk of STD/HIV transmission from each
  • SH.8.CC.3: Describe the signs, symptoms and potential impacts of STDs, including HIV
  • SH.8.INF.1: Analyze the impact of alcohol and other drugs on safer sexual decision-making and sexual behaviors
  • SH.8.AI.1: Identify medically-accurate information about STDs, including HIV
  • SH.8.AI.2: Identify local STD and HIV testing and treatment resources
  • SH.8.IC.1: Demonstrate the use of effective communication skills to reduce or eliminate risk for STDs, including HIV

Healthy Relationships

  • HR.8.CC.2: Describe the potential impacts of power differences, such as age, status or position within relationships
  • HR.8.CC.4: Describe a range of ways people express affection within various types of relationships
  • HR.8.IC.1: Demonstrate communication skills that foster healthy relationships
  • HR.8.IC.2: Demonstrate effective ways to communicate personal boundaries and show respect for the boundaries of others




“Decisions about Sexual Health” eLearning Video70m
Accessing Information 30m
Activie & Passive Decision Making 50m
Being an Ally 45m
Courageous Bystander 45m
Goal Setting 60m
Interpersonal Communication to Reduce Sexual Risk 60m
Interviews about Dating 15m
Preventign STIs Poster Project 60m
Role-Playing: Using Healthy Communication to Reduce Risk 60m
Setting Boundaries 45m
Sexually Transmitted Infections 100m
STI Transmission Activity - Glitter Galore 15m
STI Transmission Activity - with Hershey's Kisses 30m
STI Transmission Activity - STI Dice Game 30m
Talking Back to Pressure 60m
What's Most Important? 45m
While You Watch? Worksheet 15m

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  • Student Assignments
  • Classroom Activities
  • Assessments

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