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Teens & Taboo: A Look at Prevalence and Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections

Originally presented on August 15, 2013


Audrie MacDuff
Sexuality Educator & Teen View Co-Advisor, Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson

Rob Curry, M.S. Ed.
Sexual Health Care Consultant and Trainer

Sexual health is an often taboo and untouched topic of conversation, which leads to misunderstanding and lack of education amongst young people today. According to the American Sexual Health Association, one in four teenagers will contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI) each year. Despite the fact that STIs are preventable, prevalence rates are ever-increasing and can have a lifelong impact on those infected.

This broadcast will explore current trends in sexually transmitted infections on both a national and local level and will increase participant’s knowledge of issues in adolescent sexual health. It will highlight prevention methods, as well as the impact of sexuality education in public schools. In addition, this program will take a culturally competent look at education and diversity, and examine how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth are often marginalized and excluded from conversations regarding sexual health.

Program Objectives
After watching this broadcast participants will be able to:

  • Identify the unique challenges that adolescents bring to STI prevention
  • Describe strategies effective of STI prevention and current trends
  • Navigate best practices for educating teens on sexual health

This program was supported by funding from:

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is an Approved Provider of continuing nurse education by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Continuing Medical Education Contact Hours

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 


Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University and Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0.

Continuing education credits will be available until August 2016.

The planners and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.