STD Awareness Month
April is Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month, a time for young people to learn the facts about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and how to protect their sexual health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 20 million new STDs occur each year in the United States. STDs affect individuals of all ages; however, youth ages 15–24 account for half of all new infections, despite making up only about one-quarter of the sexually active population.
Although many STDs are curable, and all are treatable, some do not show symptoms, which is why getting tested is so important. Educate the youth in your program about the risks of STDs and the importance of getting tested if they are sexually active.
Learn More and Get Involved:
- Create a customized web badge with your organizational logo and a message about STD Awareness Month using our award-winning Studio tool. It takes less than 5 minutes!
- Download and share our infographic The Real Deal about Sexually Transmitted Diseases with the youth who you serve to encourage testing and reduce risk behaviors.
- Download this CDC Fact Sheet, your one-stop-shop for teen and young adult STD information.
- Refer teens to CDC’s Get Tested tool, which helps users locate an STD testing site near them.
- Parents and guardians: Need to talk to your child about sex and sex-related topics? This CDC resource will help guide your conversations.
- Share a prevention message on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #STDMonth.
- Print and distribute infographics to your program participants or students to help spread the truth about STDs (also available in Spanish).
- Stay tuned for the launch of a new campaign promoting optimal health among youth. Look for us on Instagram at @WeThinkTwice.