Marie Stopes International has launched Lessons in Love – All you need to know about STIs and contraception, following research which found that one in ten teens say they have not been taught sex education at school and, of those that have, seven out of ten teens rate the quality of that education as ‘average’ or lower.

Developed by a curriculum content specialist and reviewed by La Trobe University’s Faculty of Education, the resource is aimed at Years 9 to 12 and features interactive class presentations on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and contraception along with lesson plans and discussion guides for teachers.

The Love Bugs package aims to educate teens on how to recognise the symptoms of common STIs and how to protect themselves from contracting one. The Contraception and Contraception Methods package teaches teens the various contraceptive methods available and how to choose the best method for them.

Research that Marie Stopes International commissioned last year on teens nationally found that, although more than half rated their knowledge of sexual health issues as good/excellent, just under half of teens were not aware that they could be infected with Chlamydia but have no symptoms. In addition, three in 10 teens were unaware if they could contract an STI from oral sex, and over half thought that by using a condom, they wouldn’t contract herpes.

The kit is is available for free download from www.mariestopes.com.au/resources