Lake Cumberland District Health Department
A healthy today for a brighter tomorrow.
Reducing the Risk (R.T.R.) is designed to help high school students delay the initiation of sex or increase the use of protection against pregnancy and STI/STD’s and HIV if they choose to have sex. This research-proven approach addresses skills such as risk assessment, communication, decision making, planning, refusal strategies, and delay tactics. Abstinence is presented as the safest, most effective, and most common choice for high school students, but Reducing the Risk also recognizes that some students are sexually active.
Key content covered by the program consists of:
Helping youth avoid unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmissible infections is a challenge that faces our communities.
Children having children is a problem with dire consequences for both the young people themselves and for society as a whole. Young people with children have sharply reduced education and employment opportunities and a poorer quality of life.
Meeting their needs places a severe burden on both families and public resources. Moreover, sexually active teens are at great risk of contracting AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.