The basic communication model consists of a sender having an idea, the sender encoding the idea into a message, the message traveling over a mediated channel, the receiver decoding the message, and the receiver responding with feedback.
Nonverbal communication, consisting of all unwritten and unspoken messages, includes eye contact, facial expression, tone of voice, posture, touch, intensity, timing and pace, and sounds that convey understanding.
Most messages reach their destination, but are disrupted due to communication barriers.
Sexual communication can be improved if partners are willing.
One way to improve general communication skills is to learn to express oneself with confidence. Assertiveness means standing up for your basic rights without violating anyone else’s rights.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections that can be contracted through sexual intimacy. There are also diseases of the sexual organs referred to as sexually related diseases (SRDs), which can occur in both sexually active and sexually inactive individuals. More frequent sex and earlier sex have meant an increase in the number of people subjected to STIs.
Imagine a scenario in which you and a new partner are discussing testing for sexually transmitted infections. Devise a strategy for addressing this issue with your partner. Write out a role-play conversation with your partner using the effective communication strategies discussed in this lesson.