April is STD Awareness Month, an annual observance to raise public awareness about the impact of STDs on the lives of Americans and the importance of preventing, testing for, and treating STDs. It is an opportunity to normalize routine STD testing and conversations about sexual health.
The CDC has a ton of great resources to assist your efforts to educate, motivate, and mobilize your community in the prevention of STDs, not just in April, but year round here.
Medical providers play a critical role in improving the health outcomes of populations often disproportionately impacted by STDs, including adolescents, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients. The CDC has pulled together several resources to assist health care providers in improving the health care they provide to their adolescent and LGBT patients. Download provider resources here.
Local and state health departments, health foundations, schools, and community-based organizations such as churches, civic groups, and special-interest organizations, can be influential in preventing STDs. The CDC has pulled together several resources here to assist program planners and prevention partners with their STD prevention outreach efforts.