Sexuality Risks Worksheet

Students match factual information to the different outcomes of sexual behavior.

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MatchCard Science Sexual Risks Worksheet

Objective: Discuss risks of sexual contact outside of a monogamous relationship.

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MatchCard Information Pieces list information on different outcomes. Students place them in the correct box. Other activities are listed on the Instructor's Page and below.

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Risks of Sexual Contact

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Why Study Risk Factors?

Sex is an activity that has life-changing consequences. It requires maturity to understand the implications of one's behavior and make mature decisions.

While information abounds, misinformation and half-information also circulates. A homeschool teenager enrolled in a local school and was taught that there are only two main types of sexually transmitted diseases: HIV which doesn't really occur in the straight population, and simpler diseases that are easily treated with pills. As the information on the MatchCard explains, even treatable diseases can be permanent, cause infertility, or cause birth defects to one's children in the future. And HIV does occur and is more common if someone is a carrier of other sexually transmitted infections.

Public campaigns have emphasized the value of testing for STD's to protect them, leaving teenagers with the assumption that testing protects against infection. It does not and can not. Testing won't stop an individual from getting an infection. It is intended to limit the number of people that individual passes the infection to.

The MatchCards provide students factual information about the consequences of sexual relationships.

12 Common Risks

The worksheet lists 12 of the most common risks of sexual behavior (in alphabetical order). Those risks include:

Other Learning Activities

How Much Protection is Enough?

100 Pennies & Birth Control

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Lay out ten rows of pennies in ten columns. These pennies represent 100 teenage girls.

80% of sexually active young women will become pregnant in one year if they do not use birth control. Show how many of the pennies that would be.

Many advise young people to use condoms to prevent pregnancy. When condoms are used, only 15% of sexually active women become pregnant in one year. Move 15 of the pennies away from the rows and to another area. This represents those 15 mothers. Obviously, 15% is much better than 80%.

So if 100 15 year old girls are sexually active and using condoms, 15 will get pregnant in their 15th year. When they are 16, another 15 will get pregnant. Move another 15 pennies over.

Continue counting the years until they are 21. How effective are the condoms? Most will become pregnant before they are half-way through college. Of course, without the condoms, many have three children by the age of 21. Discuss the risks and benefits.

Compare condoms to contraceptive pills. They have a 99% effectiveness if taken correctly, but a 93% effectiveness with typical use (human error makes people forget.) Calculate that risk between now and college for someone your age.

Ordering The Risk Factors

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The risks which are listed in the boxes are placed according to alphabetic order. In this activity, students will rearrange them in a different order. You may wish to print an additional copy of the worksheet for this particular activity.

Have the students order the information pieces according to their opinion. Place the items they think would be the worse if it occurred to them at the top, and those that would not be as bad under it.

There is no right or wrong answer, but a method of contemplating the impact some of these might have on their future.

The ABC's of STI's

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Over the years the official abbreviation has changed: With abbreviations like Hep B and Hep C it can become confusing. Even the tests (ie. RPR for syphilis) add additional abbreviations. Here are some of the more common ones:

An Ounce of Prevention

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What are the different prevention strategies for the different risks listed here? Some strategies for protecting oneself against these outcomes include: Which strategies would work for the different types of outcomes?

Can you find the success rates of these strategies on the CDC (Center for Disease Control) or other websites?


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Objections have been raised against all three of the prevention strategies listed above (abstinence, testing, contraception.) Here are some of the objections.

Objection to Abstinence

Objections to Testing

It is costly to do comprehensive screens for all the different STI's.

Objections to Contraception

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