Will talking about STI’s with my child make them want to have sex?
Although this may seem like a scary conversation, it’s important not to panic.
It’s important to know that talking to your child about STIs or sex does not make them more likely to have sex.
The facts about STIs can and should be discussed alongside family values about sexual activity. It does not have to be one or the other. Make this a two way conversation.
Children of parents who honestly talk to their children about STIs, pregnancy, birth control, sex and related topics are more likely to abstain longer and are more likely to practice safer sex methods if they do become sexually active.
Remember, talking to your child about STIs should be a conversation and not ultimatums. Use this time to share or find factual information about protection and birth control together while discussing your family values.