General Resources

STDs & How to Prevent Them
Sexual health is an essential piece of overall health. Anyone who is having sex (vaginal, anal, or oral sex) can get an STD, which is why knowledge about these infections and testing is important. Not sure if you should get tested, how to get tested, or where to get tested? This list of resources has information on STDs, STD testing, and how to protect yourself and your partner(s).


Sex and COVID-19external icon – NCSD, in partnership with NASTAD, addresses common questions about sex and COVID-19 in two comprehensive fact sheets that feature links to valuable resources on coronavirus symptoms, guidelines, and testing.

CDC STD Fact Sheets – Available in disease-specific versions; basic fact sheets answer common questions and are in multiple languages.

CDC STD Prevention Page – Information about STD prevention, testing, and resources.

Condom Dos & Don’tspdf icon – A condom fact sheet that also provides information about dual protection for pregnancy prevention.

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

The Right Way to Use a Female Condom – An illustrated page demonstrating the correct way to insert and remove a female condom.

How to Use a Dental Dam as a Barrier for Oral Sex – An illustrated page demonstrating how to use a dental dam, as well as a list of dos and don’ts and how to make a dental dam from a condom.

GetTested – A national STD, HIV, and hepatitis testing locator to find nearby free or low-cost testing.

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

Five Action Steps to Good Sexual Healthexternal icon –  A practical roadmap to good sexual health, including tips and advice, real-life scenarios, conversation starters and more.

Before and After Your Doctor Visit
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Are you ready to talk to your doctor about your sexual health? Planning to get tested for STDs? These resources can help anyone who is having sex (or thinking about having sex) choose a doctor, find a testing location, and prepare for your visit. There is also information on what to expect after getting tested.


Choosing a Doctor: Quick Tipsexternal icon – Tips from how to find the right health care provider from

Which STD Tests Should I Get? A brief overview of STD testing recommendations.

GetTested – A national STD, HIV, and hepatitis testing locator to find nearby free or low-cost testing.

How do I prepare for a visit to my health care provider?external icon Some tips on what to expect from your visit and how to bring up sexual health with your doctor.

How to Talk to a Doctor about STD Testing – Tips on how to discuss your sexual health with your doctor.

Just Diagnosed? – A fact sheet providing 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.

Take Charge of Your Sexual Healthexternal icon – A guide for individuals focusing on the clinical  services that can help protect and improve sexual health. It explains recommended tests (aka screenings) and vaccines and helps patients find and talk with a health care provider.

STD Clinical Guidance
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Are you looking for STD information specifically for clinicians and health care providers? These resources provide clinical guidance on STD screening, diagnosis, and treatment, as well as how to communicate with patients about sexual health.


Guidance and Resources During Disruption of STD Clinical Services – Guidance to STD prevention programs, including STD clinics, on providing effective care and prevention when facility-based services and in-person patient-clinician contact is limited, such as during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Recommendations for Providing Quality STD Clinical Services (STD QCS) – A companion piece to the STD Treatment Guidelines, this CDC report highlights the services health care settings can offer to help optimize STD care.

2020 Update to CDC’s Treatment Guidelines for Gonococcal Infection – Special Policy Note: Includes CDC’s updated recommendation for treating gonococcal infections, as well as alternative treatment regimens.

2021 STI Treatment Guidelines – CDC’s current clinical guidance on STD prevention, diagnosis, and treatment is available online, and as a wall chart and pocket guide.

A Devastating Surge in Congenital Syphilis: How Can We Stop It?external icon – CDC expert commentary featuring Dr. Laura H. Bachmann, MD, MPH on rising congenital syphilis rates and what health care providers can do to help.

Reducing Rising Syphilis Rates: A Healthcare Provider’s Role – A video describing the three key actions that providers can take to help reverse the rising syphilis rates: Talk, Test, and Treat.

Syphilis Pocket Guide for Providerspdf icon – A booklet containing details on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of syphilis.

National Coalition for Sexual Health (NCSH)external icon resources for health care providers:

Screening Recommendations – An easy-to-scan chart of screening recommendations broken out by disease and patient population for health care providers.

Guide to Taking a Sexual History pdf icon– A booklet to assist in starting an open conversation with patients and delivering risk-reduction counseling.

Extragenital Testingexternal icon – Resources for providers and laboratories pertaining to pharyngeal and rectal STD testing from the National Coalition of STD Directors.

Why Screen for Chlamydia? An Implementation Guide for Healthcare Providerspdf iconexternal icon – 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.

Training/Case Management/Consultation
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Are you looking to brush up on STD case management, increase your cultural competency, or make sure you have the tools to advocate for patients with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities? These resources, some with CE credits available, may be useful.


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

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

National STD Curriculumexternal icon – 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.

The STD Clinical Consultation Network (STDCCN)external icon – The network can answer questions 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.

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.

Compendium of Sexual & Reproductive Health Resources for Healthcare Providersexternal icon – Created by the National Coalition for Sexual Health (NCSH) to help primary care providers and others improve their clinical skills in this area by compiling existing resources on sexual and reproductive health topics such as webinars, toolkits, self-assessments, and CE opportunities.

Resources for Your Clinic
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Looking for STD information that’s helpful for those working in or managing a clinic? This section includes resources to help people in a clinical setting make their office more patient friendly.


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

Teen Friendly Office Tipspdf iconexternal icon – This visual example includes office practices and suggestions that can be adapted to any outpatient medical setting.

Why Screen for Chlamydia? An Implementation Guide for Healthcare Providerspdf iconexternal icon – 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.

For Your Website/Outreach
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Want to improve the STD information on your own website? Check out these resources that can help you upgrade your site with widgets, syndicated content, customizable infographics, and more.


STD Prevention Success Stories – Share these stories with leaders in your community to spread the word: STD prevention works!

STD Widgets – Add these widgets to your website to help visitors locate STD testing. Choose one that will resonate with your specific audience, or create our own using the customizable widget available from the bottom of the webpage.

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

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

State of STDs Infographic (national and customizable) – An infographic that highlights statistics for the three reportable STDs, as well as the populations most affected by these diseases, consequences of untreated STDs, and ways to prevent them. Includes both a national version and a customizable version to add state or local data.

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