STD Awareness Month
April is STD Awareness Month - STD Prevention is a Part of HIV Prevention
April marks the annual observance of STD Awareness Month. Individuals, health care providers, and community-based organizations are encouraged to bring a renewed sense of enthusiasm and focus to their STD awareness and prevention efforts throughout the month.
Studies show that people who have STDs such as gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis are more likely to get HIV compared to people who are STD-free. And the same behaviors that put you at risk for acquiring these STDs can put you at risk for getting HIV.
The link between STDs and HIV is real. By educating yourself on ways to lower your risk, you can take action to protect your health. STD and HIV testing is a critical step in preventing the spread of disease.
How can I make a difference?
- Providers: Educate your patients about their risk for STDs and HIV, and make taking a sexual history a priority.
- Civic and community-based organizations: Support local STD and HIV prevention efforts.
- Individuals: Protect your health—take steps to lower your risk of getting an STD, and also lower your risk of getting HIV.