STD Awareness Month is an annual observance to call attention to the impact of STDs and promote STD testing. This STD Awareness Month, we are focusing our outreach on healthcare providers, and their influence to promote sexual health and STD testing among young people.
Adolescents and young adults are particularly vulnerable to STDs. In fact, young people between 15 and 24 years of age account for nearly half of all STD cases. Primary care physicians, pediatricians, and other healthcare providers play an important role in ensuring young people receive comprehensive information and preventive care. Providers and the information they share are respected by patients. Research shows adolescent patients feel primary care settings are an appropriate place to discuss sexual health and would like their providers to initiate such discussions.
Healthcare providers can make a difference by educating young patients about sexual health and STD prevention.
View the newly developed page, STD Awareness – Reaching Young People for resources to help you make a difference.
STD Awareness Month - STD Information from CDC
STD Awareness - Reaching Young People
Nearly half of all new STD cases occur in people aged 15 to 24.
- What's New
- April is STD Awareness Month - CDC Feature
(April 2, 2012)
- Young patients may be afraid to initiate a conversation about STDs and will be looking to you to begin the discussion.
- Every year STDs cost the U.S. healthcare system $17 billion—and cost individuals even more in immediate and long-term health consequences, including infertility.
- Estimates suggest that even though young people between 15 and 24 years of age represent only 25% of the sexually-experienced population, they acquire nearly half of all new STDs.
STD Rates by Age - An interactive resource displaying national STD rates by age.
Focus on Adolescent Sexual Health Webinar Archive - (Entire presentation) A 1 hour, 29-minute webinar describing the impact of STDs and tools for engaging in a sexual-health dialogue with on adolescents and young adults. (June 2, 2011)
- Create an environment that feels safe for them to talk openly without judgment.
- Demonstrate an understanding that their health needs are different from the health needs of adults.
- Ask clear, open-ended questions (avoid yes/no questions).
Taking An Adolescent's Sexual History - Podcast featuring CDC STD Division Director Dr. Gail Bolan. (June 13, 2011)
A Guide to Taking a Sexual History - A 24 page brochure offers parameters for discussion of sexual health issues with patients.
- Commercial Print Files and Specifications - Print your own publication-quality sexual history guide.
Screening for Sexually Transmitted Disease: Who, When, and How – CDC Expert Commentary on screening for MSM featuring Dr. Gail Bolan. (January 9, 2012)
STI Screening Guidelines - A detailed document describing recommended STD screening criteria by disease, age, gender, and special populations. (January 2012)
2010 STD Treatment Guidelines - A detailed document describing recommended STD treatment criteria by disease, age, gender, and special populations.
Expedited Partner Therapy - A description of a sexual partner management option to prevent patient reinfection.
CDC Commentary: Preventing Chlamydia - A four minute podcast about chlamydia, the leading known preventable cause of infertility in the United States, and what providers can do to prevent the infection.
Why Screen for Chlamydia? - An Implementation Guide for Healthcare Providers.
Genital Herpes Screening - Frequently asked questions about genital herpes screening.
STD Fact Sheets from CDC - STD fact sheets with common questions and answers. Most-visited pages on the CDC STD web site!
The Facts Brochures - Basic STD information in plain language for clinicians and patients.
National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers – STD and HIV clinical training and resources.
- National Training Calendar - Calendar of available STD and HIV trainings.
- Self-Study Modules - Three groups of self-study online modules: Continuing Education Opportunities, Clinical Practice References, Teaching Tools/Curricula.
STD Clinical Slides - Slides depicting symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases.
Promote STD Awareness on Your Website – Downloadable banner ads, graphics, and widgets for partners and providers to place on their websites.
STDs and Viral Hepatitis- Descriptions of Hepatitis A, B, C, as well as testing and treatment recommendations.
CDC's Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Web Site - Description of the virus and resources for vaccination, screening, and treatment for HPV.
CDC's HIV/AIDS Web Site - CDC’s portal for HIV Prevention.