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Distance Learning: STDs and You: An Educational Program for Young Women and Their Mothers

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  Presenter: Dr. Pamela Gallup

Sponsor: Magnolia Coastlands AHEC

Dr. Pamela Gallup, gynecologist in Savannah and only the second woman to be elected president of the Georgia Medical Society, is on a mission to educate young women and their mothers about the hidden epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). “Young people have been bombarded with talk about AIDS, but they have no idea what gonorrhea and herpes are about. People don’t think it is a big deal and don’t realize how it can impact their bodies and the rest of their lives.”

Dr. Gallup welcomes the opportunity to present this program through HealthTecdl.

The program is frank and graphic, and some audience members have found it uncomfortable.

By viewing this program as an archive, HealthTecdl participants will have the opportunity to watch it and learn from it in privacy. Parents may preview it before sharing the information with their daughters.

This identical presentation is also available in Spanish and presented by Dr. Catherine Rendon.

Session Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn about how STDs are contracted and treated, and the impact this has on a young person’s life.
  2. Participants will learn how to prevent transmission of a STD.
  3. Participants will learn that STDs spare no economic or ethnic group, and that women bear the greatest burden of STDs.
  4. Parents, especially mothers, will be able to open discussion with their daughters about how to prevent STD transmission, by viewing factual, east-to-understand information and graphics from a knowledgeable and sensitive medical professional.


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