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STD Awareness Month - Resources


We Can Disrupt Syphilis Together!

Looking for materials for your STD Awareness Month activities? We’ve got you covered! From this page, you can link to a wide variety of CDC’s STD prevention resources to help prevention partners, healthcare providers, and individuals.

Prevention Partners

CDC has a number of resources available to assist program planners and prevention partners with their STD prevention outreach efforts. We know that each area faces unique prevention challenges, so many of our products can be tailored to the needs of your consumers.

STD Prevention Banners and Buttons – Add these banners and buttons to your web site to promote STD awareness and this year’s syphilis-focused theme.


Sample Social Media Posts – Scroll down to find sample tweets and Facebook posts to keep the online conversation going all month long. Each sample includes a link to more information.


Changing the Story of Syphilis

Changing the Story of Syphilis - Here are two stories of Kansas and Washington State public health programs going the extra mile to prevent and treat syphilis.


STD Prevention Infographics - Add these infographics to your web site or use them in your social media outreach efforts.


The Lowdown on How to Prevent STDs –A web-based infographic that provides readers with basic information about STD prevention in an easy-to-read format.


The Right Way to Use a Male Condom – An illustrated page demonstrating the correct way to put on and take off a male condom.


Syndicated Content - Add CDC STD information to your web site to ensure that your STD content stays up-to-date.


CDC STD Fact Sheets – Basic, disease-specific fact sheets in multiple languages with print versions for easier distribution and detailed fact sheets with more in-depth information. 


Videos and Podcasts – Watch and share brief videos and audio podcasts about STDs featuring CDC staff.

Healthcare Providers

2015 STD Treatment Guidelines – CDC's current clinical guidance on STD prevention, diagnosis, and treatment is available online, and as a wall chart, pocket guide, and free mobile app available for Apple and Android devices. Questions and Answers from clinical and CDC experts about the Guidelines are also available.


California PTC

Congenital Syphilis and Syphilis during Pregnancy - STD Expert Hour Webinar, Wednesday, April 19th, 12:30 - 1:30pm (PST), 3:30 - 4:30pm (EST), with Pablo Sanchez, MD, and Jeanne Sheffield, MD, CE available 
View Recording Requires $10 Registration
Congenital Syphilis Slides
Syphilis during Pregnancy Slides



Preventing and Managing Congenital Zika and Congenital Syphilis Infections - Eighth Annual Sexual and Reproductive Health Webinar, Wednesday, April 19th, 12 pm – 1 pm (EST) 

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Mermin video

A Clinician’s Role in Protecting the Health of Gay, Bisexual, and other Men who Have Sex with Men – Dr. Jonathan Mermin, National Center for HIV, AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, Director, discusses how clinicians can protect the health of their gay and bisexual male patients with the simple actions of talk, test, and treat.


CDC Expert Commentary featuring Sarah Kidd, MD, MPH

Congenital Syphilis Is on the Rise? Reviewing Prevention Steps – CDC Expert Commentary featuring Sarah Kidd, MD, MPH.


STDs during Pregnancy – The updated, detailed fact sheet provides you with specific STD testing recommendations for your pregnant patients.


Screening Recommendations – In depth STD screening information for healthcare providers.


Medscape Commentary

Medscape Commentary: Keep an Eye Out for Ocular Syphilis – CDC experts weigh-in on how providers can protect their patients from the damaging effects of ocular syphilis.


Sexual Health and Your Patients

Sexual Health and Your Patients: A Provider’s Guide – Developed by the National Coalition for Sexual Health, this guide can help you to better integrate sexual health conversations and recommended preventative services into routine visits with your patients.



Guide to Taking a Sexual History – This booklet can assist you in starting an open conversation with your patients and can provide you with an opportunity to deliver risk-reduction counseling.


The STD Clinical Consultation Network (STDCCN) – The network can answer questions you have about the management and treatment of STDs. The service operates five days a week and is free to healthcare providers and clinicians. STDCCN is provided by the National Network of STD Clinical Prevention Training Centers.


Webinars – Watch web-based seminars for clinicians, physicians, and public health practitioners that cover the latest research in the fields of STD and HIV and program innovations.


Syphilis basic fact sheet

Syphilis basic fact sheet – Plain language fact sheet available for individuals with general questions about syphilis.


Syphilis and MSM fact sheet 

Syphilis and MSM fact sheet – Plain language fact sheet available for MSM with general questions about syphilis.


Congenital Syphilis fact sheet 

Congenital syphilis fact sheet – Plain language fact sheet available for pregnant women with questions about how to protect their baby from syphilis.


Syphilis: The Facts

Syphilis: The Facts - Plain language STD brochures are available for download and order in English and Spanish.


STD Prevention – Learn the steps that you and your sex partners can take to prevent STDs.


Know your CONDOM DOs & DON’Ts.


Sample Social Media


It’s STD Awareness Month! Learn why this year’s theme is ‘Syphilis Strikes Back’: #STDMonth17

Join us to tackle the dangerous return of #syphilis this STD Awareness Month. Learn more: #STDMonth17

#Syphilis is increasing across the U.S. What’s happening where you live? Find out: #STDMonth17

Why are we talking about #syphilis in 2017? Here’s why →  #STDMonth17 #SyphilisStrikesBack

#Syphilis is an STD that can have very serious complications when not treated. #STDMonth17 #SyphilisStrikesBack


STD Awareness Month is here! Syphilis rates are increasing across the U.S. and in most communities. To underscore the importance of reversing this trend, the entire month of April will be dedicated to syphilis prevention. Under the umbrella theme of ‘Syphilis Strikes Back’, each week will address a different aspect of what’s happening with syphilis today. Visit the STD Awareness Month website for more info: #STDMonth17 #DisruptSyphilis


It’s week 2 of #STDMonth17! This week will focus on #syphilis prevention among gay & bisexual men. More info:  

Gay & bisexual men remain hardest-hit by syphilis:  #STDMonth17 #SyphilisStrikesBack

What gay & bisexual men need to know to protect themselves from #syphilis: #STDMonth17 #DisruptSyphilis

Gay & bisexual men: If you’re sexually active, you should be tested for #syphilis AT LEAST once a year← #STDMonth17

#Clinicians: Here’s what you can do to protect your gay & bisexual patients: #STDMonth17 #DisruptSyphilis


This week of STD Awareness Month will focus on syphilis prevention among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM). While anyone who is sexually active can get syphilis, MSM remain hardest-hit – but syphilis is not inevitable! Here’s how gay and bisexual men can protect themselves and their partners: #STDMonth17 #DisruptSyphilis

Clinicians: You play a big role in protecting ALL patients from the damaging effects of STDs like syphilis. It’s important, however, to understand that gay and bisexual men have unique health needs for you to consider when providing them with care. Here are steps you can take to protect their health: #STDMonth17 #DisruptSyphilis 


#STDMonth17 week 3 will focus on #syphilis prevention among women & newborns. Learn more: #SyphilisStrikesBack

Syphilis increased among women, pregnant women & newborns ← #STDMonth17 #SyphilisStrikesBack

Women: #Syphilis can be prevented! Here’s information to help protect yourself → #STDMonth17 #DisruptSyphilis

Moms-to-be: You should be tested for #syphilis during pregnancy. Know exactly when w/this information: #STDMonth17

#Clinicians: Here’s what you can do to protect women & pregnant patients from #syphilis:  #STDMonth17


The 3rd week of STD Awareness Month will focus on the increasing impact of syphilis on women and even newborns. Here’s how women can protect themselves and their babies – if they’re pregnant – from infection: #STDMonth17 #DisruptSyphilis

Clinicians: All pregnant women should be tested for syphilis at their first prenatal visit! Learn more about this and other steps to prevent syphilis among women here: #STDMonth17 #DisruptSyphilis


We’ve beaten back #syphilis before & we can do it again. These resources can help: #STDMonth17 #DisruptSyphilis

We can #DisruptSyphilis by getting back to the basics of prevention: #STDMonth17 #SyphilisStrikesBack

Take charge of your health! Ask your doctor if syphilis testing is right for you. Find testing near you: #STDMonth17

#Clinicians: You play an important role in preventing syphilis! Here's help← #STDMonth17 #DisruptSyphilis

Get the facts on #syphilis. That's a great start to protecting you & your partner: #STDMonth17 #DisruptSyphilis


Syphilis may be making a comeback, but there are actions we can take and resources we can use to help reduce its impact: #STDMonth17 #DisruptSyphilis

This STD Awareness Month focused on the return of syphilis, but there is good news! We can make a difference by simply getting back to the basics of prevention – by doing what we already know works: #STDMonth17 #DisruptSyphilis

Take charge of your health! Talk to your healthcare provider about what STD testing is right for you, including syphilis. Find an STD testing location near you: #STDMonth17 #DisruptSyphilis