STIs are contracted by having close sexual contact with someone who is already infected. Some STIs can be treated and cured with antibiotic medicine whereas others cannot. Many symptoms of incurable STIs can be treated to make them easier to live with. There are over 25 different STIs.

Anyone can contract an STI. Most people who contract an STI do not know that the person they have sexual contact with is infected. When discussing sexual health with students, it is important everyone feels comfortable, safe, and heard. Ideas for ground rules are available in the Teacher Guidance for the Key Stage 4 pack.

In this lesson plan, students explore how quickly sexually transmitted infections can spread between people and how to prevent this through the use of condoms. They are introduced to some common misconceptions around STIs and encouraged to identify legitimate sources of information to address these. In addition, the lesson plan includes activities to support students in discussing and negotiating safer sex practices.

Learning Outcomes:

  • All students will:
  • Understand that infection can be spread easily through sexual contact
  • Understand what students can do to protect themselves against STIs
  • Know that not everyone with an STI has symptoms
  • Understand that non-barrier forms of birth control do not protect against STIs
  • Most students will:
  • Understand how easily infections like chlamydia can spread among young people
  • Begin to explore effective communication within condom use

Activities Include:

  • Main Activity
  • Spreading STIs Test Tube Experiment
  • Activity 2
  • Looking for legitimate sources of information
  • Activity 3
  • Safer sex: Risks, Communication and Information
  • Activity 4
  • Raising Awareness about Gonorrhoea
  • Activity 5
  • Condom Negotiation
  • Extension Activities
  • Sexual Health Bingo
  • Guest Speaker

Curriculum Links:

  • Science:
    • Working scientifically
    • Biology
  • English:
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Health and prevention
    • Intimate and sexual relationships
    • Sexual health