Making a Difference


 Let’s Talk!!  Parent’s/Guardian’s start talking with your pre-teen or teen about abstinence, sex and sexually transmitted diseases.  Yeah, it may feel a little uncomfortable, but it is better to hear and discuss this topic with YOU!  Here are a few tips to help you start the talk:

  • Take advantage of teachable moments. When you are riding car or watching TV and the word sex is heard, use that to begin talking.
  • Be honest. If you are uncomfortable, tell your teen, BUT it is important to keep on talking.  Tell your teen your feelings and values regarding abstinence and sex.
  • Listen to your teen. Consider the teen’s point of view, understanding the pressures and challenges teens face today.  Ask them questions to help understand what your teen is thinking.
  • Tell them the facts.
  • Keep talking. Tell your teen you are open to talk at anytime about sex if they have questions.  Reward them when they talk by saying “I’m glad you came to me.”

Remember, PARENTS/GUARDIANS you are the most important sexuality educator for your pre-teen or teen.  You do not have to be an expert to have a meaningful conversation.  Below are some additional resource to help you.  Keep talking.

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Let’s Talk!!!   Girls and Guys, it time to get the facts.  There are so many untrue stories about sex and sexually transmitted disease. We want to make sure you get the facts.  Below are a few resources to get the facts on Abstinence, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV.  Another excellent resource is your parents.

If you feel you can’t talk to your parent or guardian and would like to submit an anonymous question to a health professional about your Body’s Development, Sex, Sex Related Diseases/Infections (STDs/STIs), Stress or Depression, Drugs or Alcohol, or a variety of other health related issues, click here: Submit an Annoymous Question to a Health Professional..  You do not have to provide your name or contact information.  Or, if you prefer, you may text your question toll free to: (270) 681-0638.

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Making a Difference (M.A.D.): Is an abstinence approach to prevent teen pregnancy and STD’s including HIV. This evidenced-based program specifically advocates abstinence and postponing sexual involvement as these are the only two ways to completely eliminate the risk of unplanned pregnancy and STD’s. The curriculum does not mention any other contraceptive methods or safe sex practices because abstinence is the safest choice. This curriculum is offered to the 7th grade.

The goals for the Health Educators are:

  • To educate you about responsibilities regarding pregnancy and STD’s.
  • For the youth to have more positive attitudes about abstinence
  • Increase youth’s confidence
  • Teach youth how to “say no” and create/maintain healthy relationships
  • Decrease the risk of disease
  • Give youth an opportunity to speak with a trusted adult

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Lake Cumberland District Health Department was awarded the SRAE grant from the Family and Youth Services Bureau that provides the funding to implement MAD from 2017-2019.