Are we Really Helping? Re-thinking Safer Sex Messages

iknowmine staff - Thursday, June 21, 2012

Focus group finds rural NC African-American teens don’t identify with safer sex messaging

hellyeahscarleteen:

“In 2006, we recruited 37 black adolescents from two rural North Carolina counties to participate in focus groups exploring adolescent understanding of how primary prevention strategies reduce STD transmission, described common barriers to the adoption of prevention strategies, and identified risk reduction strategies adolescents commonly employ,” says Aletha Y. Akers, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pittsburgh.

“What we found is adolescents understand how STDs are transmitted but consider primary prevention strategies like abstinence and consistent condom use unlikely or difficult to implement.”

As reported in the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, adolescents in the study say they develop their own strategies to reduce their STD risk, which include indirect partner assessments like evaluating a person’s physical appearance, eye contact, and body language.

Girls who were interviewed often used regular STD testing as a way to fact-check their partners’ faithfulness. As long as they remained STD-free, they felt they could trust their partners’ commitment.

“This study is incredibly important because it shows us a disconnect between adolescents and the public health messages put forth,” Akers says. “We need to identify whatever misconceptions about STD transmission they may have and correct them.

Read the rest here or read the original study.

For a check-in on what safer sex is NOT — like what people look like, or only one person’s test results — you can have a lookie-loo here.

I feel like this is also true in Alaska Native/American Indian/NDN populations. True? Not true?

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ANTHC Hosts Statewide Tribal HIV/STD Taskforce

iknowmine staff - Monday, June 11, 2012
We’re hosting the Tribal HIV/STD Statewide Taskforce and have awesome speakers! #std #hiv (Taken with Instagram at BP Energy Center)

We’re hosting the Tribal HIV/STD Statewide Taskforce and have awesome speakers! #std #hiv (Taken with Instagram at BP Energy Center)

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Resources for Parents: Chatpacks!

iknowmine staff - Thursday, June 07, 2012
Stuffing our Chat Packs for adults to talk to youth about sexual health. Sending 50 out across the state! #std #sti (Taken with Instagram at Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium)

Stuffing our Chat Packs for adults to talk to youth about sexual health. Sending 50 out across the state! #std #sti (Taken with Instagram at Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium)

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IKM Welcomes Research Associate Janie F

iknowmine staff - Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Say hi to our new employee, a research associate just like me! Janie is Cup'ig and grew up in #AK @anthctoday (Taken with Instagram at ANTHC/Healthy Communities Building)

Say hi to our new employee, a research associate just like me! Janie is Cup'ig and grew up in #AK @anthctoday (Taken with Instagram at ANTHC/Healthy Communities Building)

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A Pen for Everyone: Left and Right Handed Pens

iknowmine staff - Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Left and right handed pens! @landiscomm (Taken with Instagram at ANTHC/Healthy Communities Building)

Left and right handed pens! @landiscomm (Taken with Instagram at ANTHC/Healthy Communities Building)

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Traditional Values of Alaska

iknowmine staff - Friday, May 18, 2012
AK Native Traditional Values poster covering all regions. #alaskanative #alaska #native (Taken with Instagram at Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium)

AK Native Traditional Values poster covering all regions. #alaskanative #alaska #native (Taken with Instagram at Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium)

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Jenna Talackova Makes History

iknowmine staff - Friday, May 18, 2012

Jenna Talackova Makes History as First Transgender Miss Universe Canada Contestant

indiancountry:

First Nation transgender beauty Jenna Talackova is set to compete in Miss Universe Canada on Saturday May 19, having won reinstatement to the pageant after her disqualification in April for being born male.

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Sex Trafficking a Problem for Native Girls and Women

iknowmine staff - Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Native Girls Are Being Exploited and Destroyed at an Alarming Rate

indiancountry:

Mary G. was born from the boats. Her children were born from the boats too, all fathered through her liaisons with male customers. She has never known anything else. Like generations of Native girls and women before her, Mary and her family are inextricably tied to prostitution in the great port city of Duluth, Minnesota. Long before the term sex trafficking entered the public lexicon and began appearing in headlines, Native women like Mary and her mother Ruthie were lured into prostitution. Largely driven by poverty and homelessness as well as an underlying racism that sanctioned the sexual degradation of Native women, generations of them have sold themselves to survive.

Is this a story of ours Alaska? Could this be the story of our Alaska Native women? What about AN Women and oil workers? Military? Tourists? How is it the same or different?

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How to Use a Condom Refresher and Tips

iknowmine staff - Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sex, Etc. -- How do I use a condom?

Many of us don’t know how to use a condom correctly, even if we think we do! There’s more to it than “just use it.” To learn or just to read a well written piece as a refresher, check it out!

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New Alaska Native Advisory Board

iknowmine staff - Tuesday, May 15, 2012

PLEASE SHARE: Calling all who are interested in improving the health and
wellness of our AK Native Youth!
Wáa sá i yatee! (Hello!)
Are you a community member interested in teens and youth?Tell us what you think!Alaska Native tribal health consortium (ANTHC) and the Division of Community Health Services HIV/STD Program Services are forming an Alaska Native Advisory Board to listen and engage community members starting with a one-day meeting in Anchorage.

Who:

Elders, adults and youth (high school and up- exceptions can be made if you feel the youth is an exceptional candidate).

For the advisory board, we would like to have engaged community members from all over Alaska who are interested in Alaska Native youth and teens.

What:

The It’s Your Game- Keep it Real! program is an innovative approach targeted for Alaska Native and American Indian 7th and 8th graders. The program is an internet-based HIV/STI (sexually transmitted infections) and unplanned pregnancy prevention program designed to help youth deal with peer pressure about sex, drugs, and alcohol. It may help prevent unplanned teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) for youth who become sexually active.

The advisory board members are asked to give guidance, input, and feedback about the It’s Your Game program at the one day meeting in Anchorage.

Later on through telecommunications, meetings will be held to give guidance and feedback on other projects ANTHC is doing regarding youth and teen wellness and prevention.

 

When:

The first meeting will be June 13th, 2012 at the BP Energy Center in Anchorage, AK. (Travel, stay, and meals will be covered.) Follow up meetings will be arranged that day and will be over phone or internet.

Why:

We believe that to have healthy and sustainable Alaska Native communities and help reduce the rates of unplanned teen pregnancy and STD/STIs that community involvement and Alaska Native voices are required.

If you are interested in serving on the board, please fill out the online survey (bit.ly/K83MQF) and contact me ASAP prior to May 18th, 2010 at 907-729-3927 or via email at tnrevels@anthc.org. If you do not have access to the internet, please call me and we can arrange to do the survey over the phone.

If someone you know is interested in serving on the board, please have them contact me ASAP, share this letter of information with them, and have them fill out the survey.

If you have any questions, let me know.

Gunalchéesh! (Thank you!)

Taija Revels, BS
Tlingit

STI Program Research Associate
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Phone: 907-729-3927  Email: tnrevels@anthc.org


This program is for individuals who primarily reside in Alaska. Those attending school out of state, have part time residency, or other similar circumstances may still apply.

EDIT:
Here is the official information letter sent out to download and print: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B9kUG_fvrwjSRG9sQ21XcXdtZVE

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