How you can help
You can start by joining with the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD). Last year they hosted an STD Awareness Blog series on RH Reality Check, and will be doing so again this month. Topics will vary, but they’ll cover ways to prevent and treat these dangerous infections and viruses.
They’ve also written an op-ed that can be sent to your local newspapers and lawmakers. Along with this op-ed, NCSD offers a number of other resources that can be utilized.
For more information on NCSD and how to join their fight, find out who they are on their website.
Why is STD Awareness important?
Perhaps sexually transmitted diseases are a topic no one really wants to talk about. That doesn’t change the fact that they’re harmful, on the rise and sometimes life threatening. Consider these statistics.
- STDs cost the United States $16 billion in treatment
- 19.7 million cases are diagnosed each year
- There are 110 infections in the United States
- People ages 15 to 24 account for half the cases
- STDs are on the rise among the elderly
Preventing STDs goes beyond this April
While STD Awareness month is very important, raising awareness can’t be limited to one month out of the year. Keep using the available NCSD resources and Center for Disease Control resources. Take the steps to prevent the spread of STDs. If you’re sexually active, use protection and get tested regularly.
While this problem grows, you still have an opportunity to fight it. It’s about making the right choices. Choose to inform others about STD Awareness Month and how to prevent STDs.