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Teen Talk - Freshman Focus

Freshmen Focus is a new program offered through the Teen Health Initiative that targets freshmen students at Benedict College. The program, which is offered as a part of Benedict's Freshman Seminar Class, consists of one 50-minute session that include interactive discussions and classroom activities. The goal of Freshmen Focus is to provide accurate information to college freshmen on creating healthy relationships, the appropriate use of contraceptive methods, and protecting themselves against sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy. 

Why is Freshmen Focus so important?

Nationally, nearly one million young women under age 20 become pregnant each year. (Facts in Brief: Teen Sex and Pregnancy, The Alan Guttmacher Institute, New York, 1996)

One in four women will be raped or attempted to be raped by the time they graduate college. (USC Office for Sexual Health and Violence Prevention)

Sixty percent of college women diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease were drunk at the time of infection. (Advocacy Institute, 1992)

“Most HIV and STD educational programs are taught at the high school level. Very few are taught at the college level. Many of these programs discuss HIV and STDs primarily from an informational or clinical point of view (transmission, symptoms, etc.). Unfortunately, many of these programs do not discuss behavioral risk reduction issues like condom negotiation skills, and ways to talk to a potential sexual partner about HIV/STDs.” – Rick Sowadsky, MSPH, senior communicable disease specialist for the Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program