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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The Lake Cumberland District Health Department was awarded $972,151 from the Department for Health and Human Services (HHS) Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) to implement a Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) program from September 30, 2016, through October 1, 2019.

Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) programs were funded to implement sexual risk avoidance education that teaches participants how to voluntarily refrain from non-marital sexual activity.  SRAE programs teach the benefits associated with self-regulation; success sequencing for poverty prevention; health relationships; goal setting; resisting sexual coercion; avoiding dating violence; resisting risking behaviors such as underage drinking or substance use.

LCDHD’s SRAE grant implemented the Making a Difference! An Evidence-Based, Abstinence Approach to Teen Pregnancy and HIV/STD Prevention to 14 middle schools across the Lake Cumberland Area.  The program provides young adolescents with the knowledge, confidence, and skills necessary to reduce their risk of sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and pregnancy by abstaining from sex.

There were approximately 7,300 middle school students that participated in the program. Of those middle school students, 81% reported that their belief in practicing abstinence would help them achieve their career goals.

Student comments:

  • “How to say no and deal with the peer pressure”
  • “How to say no to sex and the consequences for it”
  • “How to stay away and how you can tell them no”
  • “I learned and understood abstinence”
  • “I learned that abstinence is good for you to achieve your goals in life.”
  • “How to tell people I don’t want to do it and how to tell them”

Teacher comments:

  • “This program is awesome. It is a great start to empower our students to be able to choose abstinence.”
  • “Provides students the information they may not have previously known and that it stresses the importance of abstinence. Presenters are very knowledgeable and professional.”
  • “All parts of the program were well planned out. The strategies were appropriate for the students. So thankful I got this program!”
  • “Presenter was well prepared, knew the subject matter, and she kept their interest. Students seemed comfortable enough to make statements and ask questions in class. Good speaker! Great job!”
  • “This program provided valuable information to students who might not otherwise get educated in the proper manner”