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STD Awareness Month

April-is-STD-Awareness-monthDid you know that April is STD Awareness month? With a number of sexually transmitted diseases cases on the rise, this is the month that we need to begin combating the epidemic.

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.

An important step in STD Awareness is STD prevention. Let TEST SMARTLY LABS help you prevent the spread of STDs with affordable, confidental STD tests.

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  1. Comment by TITLE Boxing Club Phoenix on April 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I hope you see an increase in members of the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD). STDs can be awkward to talk about, but it is good to help make yourself aware.

  2. Comment by Patio Enclosures KC on April 11, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    This is a great month to remember to keep checked up on your STDs. A lot of them show no signs.

  3. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Cuyahoga Falls on April 11, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Those statistics are eye opening. I hope you keep spreading the word.

  4. Comment by Waterloo Automotive on April 12, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    These stats are very sad. I hope we can do something to help prevent these better.

  5. Comment by Twin Fitness on April 12, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I never realized how much it costs to treat STDs! Thats an insane number!

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