The same study discovered a disturbing decline in sexual health knowledge amongst youth, especially those under sixteen. "Despite rising STI rates creating the potential for increased HIV infection amongst youth, knowledge of the disease has declined since 1989...Knowledge about emergency contraception is often inaccurate and there continues to be confusion about how to use condoms effectively."
In Ottawa, youth are fortunate to have several programs that address such issues from a youth perspective. Insight Theatre was created by Planned Parenthood Ottawa in 1982. It harnesses the power of theatre, combined with the effectiveness of peer communication to provide teens with accurate, sex-positive information on health, relationships and a host of relevant issues. According to the Toronto Teen Sex Survey, "...youth are often the primary source of sexual information for their peers, they should be involved in the development of sexual health initiatives. This approach has been proven to be particularly effective with adolescent and youth."
Teachers often use the Insight show as an introduction to their sex-ed units. As Insight Program Coordinator, Nadine Thornhill says, "It's designed to compliment the school curriculum. The show can provide a point of reference for students once they're back in the classroom."