Adolescent and Youth Reproductive Health Module: 4. Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Study Session 4  Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)


In this study session, you will learn why young people are at risk of developing sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and the long-term health consequences of acquiring these infections. You will learn about the major STI syndromes, what biological and social factors influence their transmission and what advice to offer on how individuals can protect themselves from STIs.

STIs, including HIV are discussed in Study Session 28 in Part 3 of the Module on Communicable Diseases, but in this session you will learn about the peculiar features of these infections among young people. Note that you are not expected to treat STIs. The Ethiopian Ministry of Health has recommended that treatment of STIs using the syndromic approach will only be given at a health centre or hospital. You are, however, expected to identify young people with STIs and refer them to the appropriate health facility.

Learning Outcomes for Study Session 4