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April is National STD Awareness Month

April 5, 2011

Did you know that approximately 19 million new Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) cases occur each year, with almost half occurring among youth aged 15 to 24 years old?*

That's why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognizing April as STD Awareness Month, an annual observance emphasizing the importance of open communication about sexual health between sexually active partners, as well as discussions between individuals and their health care providers.The CDC has created an STD Awareness Resource Site  to help raise public awareness about the impact of STDs and to provide resources that can help support STD awareness and prevention activities year round.

  • The CDC's STD Awareness Resource Site  features provider reference materials and patient resources that can assist you when speaking to your patients about their sexual history and STD testing concerns for providers.
  • Tell your patients about the GYT: Get Yourself Tested Campaign  site that reached over a million youth in 2010, informing them about STDs and encouraging them to get tested. The site provides a list of the nearest HIV and STD testing centers in their area.
  • Order free fact sheets and brochures  for each type of STD that can be shared with your patients.

BCBSOK Resources

Also encourage your patients to visit our BeSmart. BeWell.® website to learn more about a variety of health topics and concerns — including STDs. Visitors to the site can get the facts about STD symptoms, find out who is at risk and how to help protect themselves.

*Statistics provided by the CDC, Division of STD Prevention.