280 STIs and Other Infections of the Genitals
Working for safer sex in the community
Sexually transmitted infections are a health problem for the
whole community. To help prevent STIs in your community
• teach men and women about the risks to their health and
the health of their families from STIs. Find opportunities
when women are together in groups, such as at the market
or waiting at health centers, to explain how STIs are passed,
and how to prevent them.
• work with others to find ways to convince men to wear
condoms. Practice in a group what to say to your partner
to get him to use a condom.
If he says it will not
feel as good with a
I’ll say, you can
last even longer
and we will both
You can explain what a
condom is and practice how to
put one on using a banana.
• make female and male condoms available in your community.
Work to make sure that free or cheap condoms are
available at local shops, bars, and cafes as well as from health
workers and at health centers.
• train men to teach other men in the community about using
• organize a community group to talk about health problems
and include STIs, HIV, and AIDS. Explain how preventing
STIs will also prevent the spread of HIV infection and AIDS.
• support education about sex in your local schools. Help
parents understand that teaching children about STIs,
including HIV, helps the children make safe choices later on
when they start having sex.
• encourage teenagers to teach their friends about STIs,
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