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STD Awareness Month - Resources

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Protect Your Health With Three Simple Actions: Talk. Test. Treat.

Protect Your Health With Three Simple Actions: Talk. Test. Treat.

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 individuals and healthcare providers learn how to talk about, test for, and treat STDs.


The Facts – Plain language STD brochures are available for download and order in English.

Redesigned English and Spanish brochures in an easy-to-print format are now available for download (NEW!)


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


Know your CONDOM DOs & DON’Ts.


STD and HIV Screening Recommendations – Find out which STD tests to discuss with your healthcare provider.


National HIV and STD Testing Resources - Knowing your STD and HIV status is a critical step in stopping the spread of both. Use this STD and HIV testing locator to find a nearby free or low-cost STD/HIV testing facility.

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 & Answers: 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines – STD clinical experts in the National Network of STD Clinical Prevention Training Centers (NNPTC) and CDC subject matter experts respond to frequently asked questions about 2015 Guidelines on this web page. (NEW!)


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


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.


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

Prevention Partners

CDC also 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 Talk. Test. Treat. theme. (NEW!)


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. (NEW!)


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


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 and many tweets are short enough to include an image. (NEW!)


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.  English| Español (Spanish) | 中文 (Chinese) | Kreyòl (Haitian Creole) | Русский (Russian) | Tiẽng Viêt (Vietnamese)


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

Sample Social Media


#STDMonth16 is here! Learn how #TalkTestTreat can protect your health:

Need resources for #STDMonth16? Check this out:

Each #STDMonth16 week will focus on a new topic. Join the conversation! #TalkTestTreat

How can I protect myself from STDs? Why, it’s as simple as #TalkTestTreat: #STDMonth16


April is STD Awareness Month. Help spread the word: Individuals and clinicians need to know that preventing STDs, and keeping healthy, can be achieved with these three steps: Talk. Test. Treat. Learn more at #STDMonth16


#STDMonth16 week 2 will focus on how ‘talk’ prevents #STDs. More info:

This #STDMonth16, start talking to your partner & doctor abt #sexualhealth & #STDs:

Talk to your partner BEFORE sex. Tips at #TalkTestTreat #STDMonth16

#Clinicians: Here are tools to help you talk w/ patients abt #safesex & #STDs< #STDMonth16


Talking is a crucial first step to preventing STDs. Everyone should talk to their health care providers about sexual health and STDs. Clinicians should take every patient’s sexual history routinely and discuss safe sex and other STD prevention options. More info at #STDMonth16


It’s week 3 of #STDMonth16! We’re focusing on STD tests & how they protect your health:

Many #STDs have no symptoms. Testing's the only way to know if you have an #STD: #STDMonth16

#Clinicians: #STDMonth16 is a reminder to test patients as recommended. Know who to test and when:


It’s simple, testing is the only way to know for sure if you have an STD. If you’re having sex, it’s one of the most important things you can do to protect your health. Find out which STD tests are right for you: #STDMonth16

Clinicians: Test your patients for STDs as recommended. Pregnant women can get STDs, so screen them, too! In-depth recommendations for different patient populations are available at: #STDMonth16


For the final week of #STDMonth16, let’s focus on treating #STDs! #TalkTestTreat

#Clinicians & patients play a vital role in ensuring #STDs are treated correctly: #STDMonth16

Many #STDs can be cured & others treated. Your doctor can help you get the right medicines: #STDMonth16

#Clinicians: Make sure you have what you need to tx #STDs effectively: #STDMonth16


We’re rounding out the rest of #STDMonth16 by focusing on treatment. Clinicians AND patients play an important role in making sure STDs are treated correctly. Clinicians can do this by following CDC’s STD Treatment Guidelines: Patients can help by taking all of the medicine their doctor prescribes, not sharing their prescription with anyone, and not having sex again until they and their partner(s) have each completed treatment: #STDMonth16