Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Good communication with sex partners or potential sex partners is a critical component of STI prevention. Regardless of your responses to the risk assessment, complete this communication exercise to help build your communication skills.

1. List three ways to bring up the subject of STIs with a new partner. How would you ask whether he or she has been exposed to any STIs or engaged in any risky behaviors? (Remember that because many STIs can be asymptomatic it is important to know about past behaviors even if no STI was diagnosed.)

2. List three ways to bring up the subject of condom use with your partner. How might you convince someone who does not want to use a condom?

3. If you have had an STI in the past that you might possibly still pass on (e.g., herpes, genital warts), how would you tell your partner(s)?

4. If you were diagnosed with an STI that you believe was given to you by your current partner, how would you begin a discussion of STIs with her or him?

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After reading this chapter, you should be able to

Explain how population growth affects the earth’s environment and contributes to pollution and climate change.

Discuss the causes and effects of air and water pollution, and describe strategies that people can take to protect these resources.

Discuss the issue of solid waste disposal and the impact it has on the environment and human health.

Identify some key sources of chemical and radiation pollution, and discuss methods for preventing such pollution.

Explain how energy use affects the environment, and describe steps everyone can take to use energy more efficiently.

We are constantly reminded of our intimate relationship with everything that surrounds us our environment. Although the planet provides us with food, water, air, and everything else that sustains life, it also provides us with natural occurrences earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, drought, climate changes that destroy life and disrupt society. Humans have always had to struggle against the environment to survive. Today, in addition to dealing with natural disasters, we also have to find ways to protect the environment from the by-products of our way of life.

This chapter introduces the concept of environmental health and explains how the environment affects us. The chapter also discusses the ways humans affect the planet and its resources, and it describes steps you can take to improve your personal environmental health while reducing your impact on the earth.

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