STD Awareness Month
April is 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 to 24 account for half of all new infections, despite making up only about one-quarter of the sexually active population.
This April, share messages about STD prevention with youth you serve:
Learn More and Get Involved:
- Use this CDC fact sheet to help guide your conversations with your child about sex and sex-related topics.
- Download and share our infographic, Be in the Know About Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) to encourage youth to stay informed and get tested.
- 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.
- Print and distribute infographics to your program participants or students to help spread the truth about STDs (also available in Spanish).
- Download the STD Awareness Month Toolkit.