General Resources of STD Awareness Month 2019

General Resources of STD Awareness Month 2019

Ready to take action for STDMonth? April is STD Awareness Month – a time to raise awareness and take action to prevent, test for, and treat STDs.

Download the toolkit and choose from four different campaigns to energize your community outreach plans. Includes customizable articles, social media graphics, widgets, and more. Let’s Get Started!

STD prevention partners:  You can choose from 4 different campaigns to best fit the needs of your community.

Each campaign has a unique STD prevention focus and audience. By clicking on the campaigns below, you can access resources and customizable materials.

Dear Colleague LetterCdc-pdf: Dr. Gail Bolan, Division of STD Prevention Director, on the importance of awareness and action during STD Awareness Month.

STD Stats At-A-Glance

In 2017:

  • There were more than 2 million diagnosed cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
  • There were 200,000 more cases of these STDs than the previous record set in 2016.
  • Diagnoses of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis all increased sharply for the fourth year in a row.

From 2013-2017:

  • Syphilis cases nearly doubled.
  • Gonorrhea cases increased by 67%.
  • Chlamydia remained at record highs.
  • Congenital syphilis cases more than doubled.

Get General Resources of STD Awareness Month

STDs & How to Prevent Them

Sexual health is an essential piece of overall health. Anyone who is having sex (vaginal, anal, or oral sex) can get an STD, which is why knowledge about these infections and testing is important.

Not sure if you should get tested, how to get tested, or where to get tested? This list of resources has information on STDs, STD testing, and how to protect yourself and your partner(s).

CDC STD fact sheets – Available in disease-specific versions; basic fact sheets answer common questions and are in multiple languages.

The Facts Brochures – Plain language STD brochures that are available for download and order in English and Spanish.

CDC STD Prevention Page – Information about STD prevention, testing, and resources.

Condom Dos & Don’tsCdc-pdf – A condom fact sheet that also provides information about dual protection for pregnancy prevention.

The Right Way to Use a Male Condom – An illustrated page demonstrating the correct way to put on and take off a male condom.

The Right Way to Use a Female Condom – An illustrated page demonstrating the correct way to insert and remove a female condom.

How to Use a Dental Dam as a Barrier for Oral Sex – An illustrated page demonstrating how to use a dental dam, as well as a list of dos and don’ts and how to make a dental dam from a condom.

GetTested – A national STD, HIV, and hepatitis testing locator to find nearby free or low-cost testing.

The Lowdown on How to Prevent STDs –An infographic that provides readers with basic information about STD prevention in an easy-to-read format.

Five Action Steps to Good Sexual HealthExternal –  A practical roadmap to good sexual health, including tips and advice, real-life scenarios, conversation starters and more.

Before and After Your Doctor Visit

Are you ready to talk to your doctor about your sexual health? Planning to get tested for STDs? These resources can help anyone who is having sex (or thinking about having sex) choose a doctor, find a testing location, and prepare for your visit. There is also information on what to expect after getting tested.

Choosing a Doctor: Quick TipsExternal – Tips from how to find the right healthcare provider from

Which STD Tests Should I Get? A brief overview of STD testing recommendations.

GetTested – A national STD, HIV, and hepatitis testing locator to find nearby free or low-cost testing.

How do I prepare for a visit to my healthcare provider?External Some tips on what to expect from your visit and how to bring up sexual health with your doctor.

Just Diagnosed? – A fact sheet providing the three steps a person can take if they were recently diagnosed with gonorrhea or chlamydia, including resources to help them talk to their partner.

Take Charge of Your Sexual HealthExternal – A guide for individuals focusing on the clinical  services that can help protect and improve sexual health. It explains recommended tests (aka screenings) and vaccines and helps patients find and talk with a healthcare provider.

STD Clinical Guidance

Are you looking for STD information specifically for clinicians and healthcare providers? These resources provide clinical guidance on STD screening, diagnosis, and treatment, as well as how to communicate with patients about sexual health.

2015 STD Treatment Guidelines – CDC’s current clinical guidance on STD prevention, diagnosis, and treatment is available online, and as a wall chart, pocket guide, and free mobile app for AppleExternal and AndroidExternal devices. Questions and Answers from clinical and CDC experts about the Guidelines are also available.

A Devastating Surge in Congenital Syphilis: How Can We Stop It?External – CDC expert commentary featuring Dr. Laura H. Bachmann, MD, MPH on rising congenital syphilis rates and what healthcare providers can do to help.

Reducing Rising Syphilis Rates: A Healthcare Provider’s Role – A video describing the three key actions that providers can take to help reverse the rising syphilis rates: Talk, Test, and Treat.

Syphilis Pocket Guide for ProvidersCdc-pdf – A booklet containing details on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of syphilis.

National Coalition for Sexual Health (NCSH)External resources for healthcare providers:

Screening Recommendations – An easy-to-scan chart of screening recommendations broken out by disease and patient population for healthcare providers.

Guide to Taking a Sexual History Cdc-pdf– A booklet to assist in starting an open conversation with patients and delivering risk-reduction counseling.

Extragenital TestingExternal – Resources for providers and laboratories pertaining to pharyngeal and rectal STD testing from the National Coalition of STD Directors.

Why Screen for Chlamydia? An Implementation Guide for Healthcare ProvidersCdc-pdfExternal – Covers the latest information and tools for providers to improve delivery of chlamydia screening to patients and make chlamydia screening and care a routine part of medical practice.

Training/Case Mgmnt/Consultation

Are you looking to brush up on STD case management, increase your cultural competency, or make sure you have the tools to advocate for patients with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities? These resources, some with CE credits available, may be useful.

Health Inequities TrainingExternal and Managing Unconscious Bias TrainingExternal from the California Prevention Training Center –  Trainings providing insight into what can affect patient outcomes, as well as how to build a stronger, more diverse, and inclusive organization.

Georgetown University National Center for Cultural CompetenceExternal – NCCC provides online trainings, publications, products, and many other resources on cultural and linguistic competency.

National STD CurriculumExternal – An online modular learning experience that helps users learn how to manage STDs. It is continuously updated and integrates the most recent STD Treatment Guidelines. Free CME/CNE available.

The STD Clinical Consultation Network (STDCCN)External – The network can answer questions about the management and treatment of STDs. The service operates five days a week and is free to healthcare providers and clinicians. STDCCN is provided by the National Network of STD Clinical Prevention Training Centers.

Collecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data (SO/GI)External – Fenway’s National LGBT Health Education Center provides learning modules, webinars (with free CME/CEU credit), and other resources built around the critical health need to collect SO/GI data in electronic health records.

Compendium of Sexual & Reproductive Health Resources for Healthcare ProvidersExternal – Created by the National Coalition for Sexual Health (NCSH) to help primary care providers and others improve their clinical skills in this area by compiling existing resources on sexual and reproductive health topics such as webinars, toolkits, self-assessments, and CE opportunities.

Resources for Your Clinic

Looking for STD information that’s helpful for those working in or managing a clinic? This section includes resources to help people in a clinical setting make their office more patient friendly.

Let’s Talk About Sexual Health – This video discusses the importance of a healthy dialogue between youth and providers concerning sexual health.

Safe in the City – Three couples deal with STDs and learn about condoms in this video-based waiting room intervention.

Teen Friendly Office TipsCdc-pdfExternal – This visual example includes office practices and suggestions that can be adapted to any outpatient medical setting.

Why Screen for Chlamydia? An Implementation Guide for Healthcare ProvidersCdc-pdfExternal – Covers the latest information and tools for providers to improve delivery of chlamydia screening to patients and make chlamydia screening and care a routine part of medical practice.

For Your Website/Outreach

Want to improve the STD information on your own website? Check out these resources that can help you upgrade your site with widgets, syndicated content, customizable infographics, and more.

Suite of STD Prevention Success Stories – Share these stories with leaders in your community to spread the word: STD prevention works!

STD Widgets – Add these widgets to your website to help visitors locate STD testing. Choose one that will resonate with your specific audience, or create our own using the customizable widget available from the bottom of the webpage.

Syndicated Content – Add CDC STD information to your website to ensure that your STD content stays up-to-date.

Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) InfographicCdc-pdf – A brief overview of EPT, which is where a person diagnosed with an STD may be able to get treatment for their partner, too.

State of STDs Infographic (national and customizable) – An infographic that highlights statistics for the three reportable STDs, as well as the populations most affected by these diseases, consequences of untreated STDs, and ways to prevent them. Includes both a national version and a customizable version to add state or local data.

CDC STD Fact Sheets – Basic, disease-specific fact sheets in multiple languages with print versions for easier distribution; detailed fact sheets with more in-depth information also available.

GYT: Get Yourself Tested

Encourages young people to get tested.

GYT: Get Yourself Tested is a campaign encouraging young people to get tested and treated for STDs and HIV to protect their health and that of their partners. STDs affect people of all ages, yet these diseases take a particularly heavy toll on young people.

The GYT campaign highlights the idea that preventing, testing for, and treating STDs is very straightforward. The campaign offers streamlined materials to help focus efforts on STD awareness, prevention, testing, and treatment among young people.

Talk. Test. Treat.

Encourages individuals and healthcare providers to take 3 simple actions: talk, test, and treat.

Talk. Test. Treat. is a campaign that encourages individuals and healthcare providers to take three simple actions – Talk. Test. Treat. – to protect their health, the health of their partners, and that of their patients. The campaign reinforces that all STDs are preventable and treatable, and most are curable.

Syphilis Strikes Back

Highlights the threat of syphilis among gay and bisexual men, pregnant women, and newborn babies.

Syphilis Strikes Back is a campaign devoted exclusively to promoting the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of syphilis. While the campaign artwork was inspired by the WPA’s 1940s-era postersExternal that publicized health issues, it has been updated with current public health messages.

The Syphilis Strikes Back campaign aims to raise awareness about syphilis, help healthcare providers protect their patients, and empower individuals to take charge of their health.


Treat Me Right

Highlights the importance of strong patient-provider relationships

Treat Me Right is a campaign for healthcare providers and their patients that underscores the value of fostering a trusting patient-provider relationship and empowering patients to know what they can do to stay healthy.

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