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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.

Sample Social Media

It’s STD Awareness Month! This year’s theme is ‘Treat Me Right’! Learn more at #STDMonth18 #TreatMeRight


DYK? STD rates are at an all-time high. Learn more: #STDMonth18


If your healthcare provider doesn’t talk about sexual health and STD testing, bring it up! Take charge of your health and learn more at #STDMonth18


Testing positive for an #STD is not the end. Many STDs are curable and all are treatable. Learn more: #STDMonth18 #TreatMeRight


Get Tested, Get Treated! Visit to find a STD testing site near you #STDMonth18 #TreatMeRight


Talking to your healthcare provider about your sexual health needs is an important step in protecting you from STDs. #STDMonth18 #TreatMeRight


#Clinicians: You play an important role in curbing the #STD epidemic! Here’s how you can help #STDMonth18


#Clinicians: Help normalize discussions around sexual health. Here’s a list of essential questions to ask your patients #STDMonth18 #TreatMeRight


#Clinicians: Use sexual histories to determine which STDs tests your patients need. Find out more at #STDMonth18


#Clinicians: What’s one great way to treat your patients right? Follow CDC’s STD Treatment Guidelines >>> (Psssst, there’s also an app!) #STDMonth18 #TreatMe Right


#Clinicians: CDC recommends dual therapy for gonorrhea. Why? To keep drug resistance at bay. Learn more>>> #STDMonth18 #TreatMeRight


#Clinicians: A stronger provider-patient relationship can help curb the spread of STDs. Learn more: #STDMonth18 #TreatMeRight


#Clinicians: Delivering sexual healthcare that is aware of – and not biased by – racial, gender, and sexual differences helps take your care from good to great. Learn more:


Youth age 15-24 account for HALF of the 20 million new STDs in the US each year. Know how to protect yourself: b#STDMonth18 #TreatMeRight


Gay & bisexual men are at greater risk for #syphilis and other STDs. Use this info to protect yourself and partners: #STDMonth18 #TreatMeRight


#DYK? Chlamydia is the most common #STD reported in the United States #STDMonth18 #TreatMeRight


#DYK? #DrugResistant strains are making it harder to treat #gonorrhea #STDMonth18 #TreatMeRight


DYK? Having an STD puts you at increased risk for getting HIV #STDMonth18 #TreatMeRight


Got condoms? Condoms help prevent STDs! Find FREE condoms near you: #STDMonth18 #TreatMeRight

It’s STD Awareness Month! The theme this year is Treat Me Right. A strong relationship between patients and healthcare providers is an important part of stopping the STD rise in its tracks. To learn more about STD Awareness Month—and how you can get involved—visit: #STDMonth18 #TreatMeRight


STDs are very common in the United States—half of all sexually active people will get an STD by age 25. But, you can protect yourself and your partner! Learn more at: #STDMonth18 #TreatMeRight


Are you comfortable talking to your health care provider about STD testing? Finding someone you trust and feel comfortable discussing your sexual health needs with is important. Check out this list for what to look for in a health care provider: #STDMonth18 #TreatMeRight


Many STDs are curable and all are treatable! If you’re diagnosed with an STD, talk to your health care provider to find out what medicine is right for you. Learn more: #STDMonth18 #TreatMeRight


DYK? Young people age 15-24 are at higher risk of getting STDs. In fact, they make up half of all new STDs each year! Find out how to protect yourself and your partners from STDs at #STDMonth18 #TreatMeRight


Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) face higher rates of STDs and HIV. Let’s make sure they have the information to protect themselves! #STDMonth18 #TreatMeRight


Patients are people and come in all different shapes, sizes, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and gender identities. Understanding these differences can take your care from good to great. Check out these trainings on cultural competency: #STDMonth18 #TreatMeRight


Clinicians: Are you up to date on current STD screening recommendations? CDC provides a helpful overview for healthcare providers: #STDMonth18 #TreatMeRight


DYK? Most people who have chlamydia don’t know it because they often have no symptoms. Be sure to use sexual histories to determine which STDs tests your patients need and refer to CDC’s 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines for the most up-to-date treatment recommendations. Learn more: #STDMonth18 #TreatMeRight


Clinicians: Gonorrhea is developing resistance to antibiotics we use to treat it. CDC recommends dual therapy—ceftriaxone AND azithromycin—to treat this common infection. Help keep drug-resistant gonorrhea at bay – follow and stay up-to-date with CDC’s STD Treatment Guidelines and report treatment failures to your local health department’s STD program! Check out the website:   #STDMonth18 #TreatMeRight


Clinicians: Syphilis is known as ‘the great imitator’ and diagnosing and treating it can be complicated. If you have questions, follow-up with your local health department or infectious disease doctor. CDC has several resources to help:


Clinicians: You can make your office or clinic more welcoming and teen-friendly with these practices and suggestions: #STDMonth18 #TreatMeRight


Did you know: Urine-only chlamydia and gonorrhea tests miss 70-80% of infections in gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM)? Extragenital testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia in MSM is an important practice to help ensure your patients are appropriately diagnosed (and treated!). Learn more: #STDMonth18 #TreatMeRight


El lema de este año del Mes de Concientización sobre las ETS es #TrátemeCorrectamente. Ve lo que significa y por qué es una parte importante en la prevención de las ETS: #STDMonth18


¿Qué hace que la prevención de las #ETS funcione mejor? Relaciones sólidas entre pacientes y proveedores. Aprende más: #TrátemeCorrectamente #STDMonth18


Tú importas, tu salud importa. Infórmate sobre cómo puedes trabajar con tu proveedor para protegerte (y proteger a tu pareja) de las #ETS: #TrátemeCorrectamente #STDMonth18


Proveedores: Ayuden a detener el aumento de las #ETS con estas herramientas: #STDMonth18 #TrátemeCorrectamente


El lema del Mes de Concientización sobre las ETS, “Tráteme correctamente”, se concentra en la importancia de que haya una relación sólida entre pacientes y proveedores frente al aumento de las tasas de ETS. Aprende más:


¿Buscas formas de participar en el Mes de Concientización sobre las ETS? ¡Puedes hacerlo! Si formas parte de una organización comunitaria, eres un proveedor de atención médica o una persona particular, ¡tenemos recursos para ti! 


Proveedor de atención médica: El lema de este año del Mes de Concientización sobre las ETS, “Tráteme correctamente”, cubre todo: desde diagnosticar y tratar a los pacientes correctamente hasta fomentar una relación de confianza entre pacientes y proveedores. ¡Tenemos las herramientas que necesitas!


En este Mes de Concientización sobre las Enfermedades de Transmisión Sexual, pregúntale a tu proveedor qué puedes hacer y cómo pueden trabajar juntos para garantizar que te mantengas sano.