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STD Awareness Month - Resources


Treat Me Right: Healthcare Providers and Patients Can Beat STDs 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 STD prevention resources to help prevention partners, healthcare providers, and individuals. But don’t let the sections keep you from browsing the full page. For example, if you’re a program planner – please check out our provider resources that could also be helpful in your educational and outreach efforts.

We also encourage everyone to tweet and post to Facebook throughout the month. These sample social media posts can help.

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.

Treat Me Right

Treat Me Right Graphics – Add these graphics to your web site to promote STD awareness and this year’s patient-and-provider-focused theme. Profiles and cover/header images are also available for your Twitter and Facebook pages!

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.


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.

STD Success Stories

Suite of STD Prevention Success Stories – Share these stories to spread the word: STD prevention works!

Syndicated Content

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

STD Fact Sheets

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.

Let's Talk About Sexual Health

Let’s Talk About Sexual Health – This video discusses the importance of a healthy dialogue between youth and providers concerning sexual health.

Safe in the City

Safe in the City – Three couples deal with STDs and learn about condoms in this video-based waiting room intervention.

GYT Posters

GYT: Get Yourself Tested Posters – Can be ordered for free through CDC-INFO on Demand.

Healthcare Providers

2015 STD Treatment Guidelines

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.

STD Curriculum

National STD Curriculum – An online modular learning experience that helps users learn how to manage STDs. It is continuously updated and integrates the most recent STD Treatment Guidelines. Free CME/CNE available.

Syphilis Pocket Guide

Syphilis Pocket Guide for Providers – Booklet containing need-to-know details on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of syphilis.

Why Screen for Chlamydia?

Why Screen for Chlamydia? An Implementation Guide for Healthcare Providers – Covers the latest information and tools for providers to improve delivery of chlamydia screening to patients and make chlamydia screening and care a routine part of medical practice.

Tenn Friendly Office Tips

Teen Friendly Office Tips – This visual example from the guide above (Why Screen for Chlamydia?) includes office practices and suggestions that can be adapted to any outpatient medical setting.

PTC California

Health Inequities Training and Managing Unconscious Bias Training – Gives insight into what can affect patient outcomes, as well as how to build a stronger, more diverse and inclusive organization. Trainings provided by the California Prevention Training Center.

National Center for Cultural Competence

Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence – NCCC provides online trainings, publications, products, and many other resources on cultural and linguistic competency.

Sexual Health and Your Patients: A Provider's Guide

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

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.

Fenway LGBT

Collecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data (SO/GI) – Fenway’s National LGBT Health Education Center provides learning modules, webinars (with free CME/CEU credit!), and other resources built around the critical health need to collect SO/GI data in electronic health records.

Screening Recommendations

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


Extragenital Testing – Resources for providers and laboratories pertaining to extragenital STD testing from the National Coalition of STD Directors.

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.

Dr. Gail Bolan

Protect Patients from a Surge in STDs –Dr. Gail Bolan, CDC’s Division of STD Prevention Director, on what healthcare providers can do to protect patients from rising STD rates.

Dr. Gail Bolan

Emerging Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea: What’s New and What Now? Dr. Gail Bolan discusses recent trends in drug-resistant gonorrhea and provides an overview of treatment for this common STD.

Mermin video

A Clinician’s Role in Protecting the Health of Gay, Bisexual, and other Men who Have Sex with Men – Dr. Jonathan Mermin, CDC’s 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.


STD Fact Sheets

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.

The Facts brochures

The Facts Brochures – Plain language STD brochures that are available for download in English and Spanish.

Take Charge of Your Sexual Health

Take Charge of Your Sexual Health – A guide for men and women of all ages focusing on the preventative services that can help protect and improve sexual health. It explains recommended services and helps patients find and talk with a healthcare provider.

Choosing A Doctor: Quick Tips

Choosing a Doctor: Quick Tips – Tips on how to find the right healthcare provider from

Screening Recommendations

STD & HIV Screening Recommendations: A brief overview of STD testing recommendations.

Information about STD prevention, testing, and resources. Visit site to access:

The Lowdown on How to Prevent STDs

The Lowdown on How to Prevent STDs – a web-based infographic that provides readers with basic information about STD prevention.
The Right Way to Use a Male Condom – An illustrated page showing the correct way to put on and take off a male condom.
Condom Dos & Don’ts – A condom fact sheet that also provides information about dual protection for pregnancy prevention.
GetTested – A national STD, HIV, and hepatitis testing locator to find nearby free or low-cost testing.

Just Diagnosed?

Just Diagnosed? Fact Sheet – Provides the three steps a person can take if they were recently diagnosed with gonorrhea or chlamydia, including resources to help them talk to their partner.

EPT Infographic

Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) Infographic: A brief overview of EPT, which is where a person diagnosed with an STD may be able to get treatment for their partner, too.