About STD Awareness Week

STD Awareness Week, observed the second full week in April, provides an opportunity to raise awareness about STDs and how they impact our lives; reduce STD-related stigma, fear, and discrimination; and ensure people have the tools and knowledge to prevent, test for, and treat STDs. The surge of STDs endangers the health of too many in the U.S. According to the CDC, during 2014-2018:

  • Syphilis (all stages) cases increased by 81%
  • Gonorrhea cases increased by 67%
  • Chlamydia cases remained at record highs
  • Congenital syphilis cases more than doubled

Given this data, STD Awareness Week is a timely reminder to continue to raise awareness about and take action to slow the spread of STDs in the U.S.

Thank you for your continued commitment to STD prevention and for joining us in raising awareness to make a difference in our communities. We look forward to seeing your work in action across the nation. We cannot protect the public’s health without you.