Professionals in adolescent health agree - we want young people to practice abstinence. However, even the word abstinence is a loaded term, and many abstinence messages conveyed to youth have a judgmental element that disparages youth who do have sex. In this interactive workshop, participants will examine their personal values about abstinence, identify both positive and negative abstinence messages conveyed to youth, and practice turning negative abstinence messages into positive sexual health messages for young people.
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