Date: April 9th, 2020
By: Ella Dorval Hall
Have you seen the rising rates of STIs and falling rates of pregnancy?
Do you know how to respond to a young person who is resistant to using condoms?
Research shows that pregnancy rates are decreasing and STI rates are increasing. Many young people are using contraceptive methods like implants and IUDs, also called Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC). And often, when they start using a LARC, they stop using condoms…as a result, STI rates are dramatically increasing.
Dual protection is the use of more than one method of contraception concurrently, providing protection from both STIs and pregnancy. While some young people may be resistant to using condoms, it’s important for educators and clinicians to know how to and feel comfortable addressing dual protection.
Designed for educators and clinicians, this elearning gives you the information and skills you need to address the increasing rates of STIs, whether you’re working in the classroom or clinic. In the elearning, you can practice communicating with people who are resistant to using dual protection by using real-life scenarios tailored to your profession as either an educator or a clinician. With this elearning, you can feel more prepared to explain dual protection and confident communicating about the barriers young people are experiencing.
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About the Author
Ella Dorval Hall graduated from Saint Michael’s College in 2018 with a degree in environmental studies. Her work in the field of sex education stems from her senior thesis on Ecofeminism that uncovered some systemic forces that perpetuate environmental, gender, and public health injustices. Since then, she has researched human sexuality and worked in academic settings with young adults to foster health, well-being, and skills to succeed academically. Ella is excited to be working with Healthy Teen Network because of the social-ecological model we use to approach youth’s sexual health and the innovation we utilize to achieve this. Ella believes that all young adults should have access to resources and information necessary to make healthy decisions, and is excited to be working with an organization providing this across the nation.