You and your partner have decided to have sex. You know you should talk about sexually transmitted diseases STDs before the action starts. But what if the thought of having "the talk" makes you nervous? A few super-confident people don't have any trouble bringing up the topic of STDs with their partners.
The Sex Talk—With a Little Help from Classic Teen Comedies
Sex education: Talking to your teen about sex - Mayo Clinic
There is growing concern about young people's exposure to sexual content through television and other electronic media and about its potential effects on their sexual attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. Researchers have documented the growing prevalence of sexual talk and portrayals of sexual behavior in televised media, as well as associations between adolescent viewing patterns and their sexual activities. We reviewed the current scientific literature on adolescents and sex in the media—using searches of MEDLINE—and the psychological and media literature. The emphasis was on rigorous research and included accessing the expertise of health care professionals and other knowledgeable sources on the media. The available research does not adequately address the effects of exposure to sexual content in the media on adolescent beliefs, knowledge, intentions, and behaviors. Similarly, research on sexual content of the Internet, in video games or other handheld devices, or in the multitude of other electronic media has been scant. Although sexual content in the media can affect any age group, adolescents may be particularly vulnerable.
Talking to Your Partner About STDs
For some people, sex is the last thing they want to think about when dealing with the crush of uncertainty that comes from living through a pandemic. But for others, fears about financial ruin, sickness or even death may drive them to want an intimate connection with another human being. Marty Klein , a nationally renowned Palo Alto-based sex and marriage and family counselor and author, said these inclinations are felt by people of all ages and backgrounds.
This fact sheet offers practical actions for parents to help strengthen their efforts to engage positively with their teens and to have meaningful discussions with them about sex. This information complements other available parent resources by emphasizing the importance of talking with teens about sex and healthy relationships. Parenting a teen is not always easy.