New York’s Community Healthcare Network released online series More Than Just Sex, which features teens talking in plain language about safe sex, STDs, and pregnancy.
The five part series is created by teens for teens and “aims to empower young people to make positive decisions, create social change, and reduce the rates of teen pregnancy, STD’s, and HIV in New York City and beyond,” according to the website.
The project is a part of the Teens P.A.C.T. program of the Community Healthcare Network, a group of not-for-profit community health centers providing medical, dental and social services in neighborhoods throughout New York City. Teens P.A.C.T. trains approximately 20 youth Peer Leaders in a range of sexual health topics so that they can participate in an array of activities that make a difference in their communities.
The Importance of Condoms!, one of the episodes, “describes the possible consequences of having unprotected sex and addresses common reasons that some people do not want to use condoms.”
The PSA parodies a pharmaceutical drug advertisement: “Unprotected may not be for everyone,” the narrator says. “Side effects include genital warts, yellow or green discharge, swollen lymph nodes, painful urination, body aches, pregnancy….”