April Is STD Awareness Month Get Yourself Tested

STD Awareness Month - join the GYT campaignApril is STD Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pushing health care facilities to screen any person between the ages of 13 to 64-years-old for HIV. With 20 million new STD cases each year many clinics, community-based organizations and health care providers are emphasizing HIV screening in observance of STD Awareness Month.

Out of the 20 million cases each year 50,000 are new HIV infections. In times past the CDC only recommended HIV screening for people who were considered to be high risk for contracting the STD but since 2006 they have emphasized the importance of screening despite risk factors.

According to the statistics from the CDC, young people under 24-years-old account for nearly half of all new STDs. Bisexual men and women along with gay men generally have a higher risk for STD contraction. Studies by the CDC estimate that one in four young women between ages 14 and 19 already have an STD.

A representative from the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta, Jaime Chandra, says every person who is active sexually is at risk for a STD. She also said STDs can spread sexually transmitted infection with or without protection, from either gender.

The human papillomavirus vaccine has a high potential for improving STD frequency but only a small number of people who need it are getting it according to the American Sexual Health Association. HPV is the most common cause of STDS. The HPV vaccine is given as a series of three shots over a six month period.

Lead clinician of Planned Parenthood in Illinois, Stephanie Cox, said the lack of education about STDs contributes to a steady number of new STD and HIV cases. This month, for STD Awareness Month, sexual health organizations are emphasizing education about treatment and prevention through community outreach.

American Sexual Health Association’s Director of Communications, Fred Wyand, said although some communities or populations may be at a higher risk everyone needs to be cautious and aware. He went on to say people must stop acting as if it could happen to everyone else but them; it applies to all people no matter who they are. Even if they have a few or just one partner they are absolutely at risk.

In lieu of the sixth annual Get Yourself Tested (GYT) campaign the American Sexual Health Association held a live Twitter chat on Tuesday, April 14 where they invited the public to participate in the conversation. This chat can be seen by viewing @InfoASHA where questions and answers can be found surrounding STDs, symptoms, tests and relationships.

GYT is a national campaign which promotes sexual health. It addresses the disproportionately high rates of STDs among people under 25-years-old. In fact, one in two sexually active young people in the U.S. will contract an STD before the age of 26, most will not know it.

Some of the most common STDs are herpes, Chlamydia and gonorrhea. Nearly three million cases of Chlamydia are reported yearly. Too many people are still having unprotected sex when many STDs can be prevented simply by using condoms.

It is believed that one in five Americans who are living with HIV have no idea that they have it. This is why it is some important to know the symptoms and get tested.

PositiveSingles is there for the countless people who have already tested positive. Once a person finds out they have tested positive for a STD their dating life does not have to end. PositiveSingles.com has provided several testimonials for people dating with HIV, herpes and other STDS. This site has been deemed the largest, best, most trusted and completely anonymous online dating site for people with all types of STDs. PositiveSingles has members in the United States, Canada, UK, Europe and Australia.

PositiveSingles.com is an exclusive community of warm-hearted singles and friends who have tested positive for STDs. Not only can people find information about STDs and medical treatments but they can also meet new friends, potential spouses or partners.

This online community cares very much about privacy. No one is required to submit any information they are not ready to share. All information remains private and anonymous until the user is ready to open up and take things further. PositiveSingles is open to anyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race or religion.

April is STD Awareness Month, an annual observance to raise public awareness about the impact of sexually transmitted diseases on the lives of Americans. STD Awareness Month is the perfect opportunity to normalize routine STD testing and conversations about sexual health. It is time for people to learn the importance of preventing, testing for, and treating STDs.

By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)

Sources:

Medill
Positive Singles
Sentinel

One Response to "April Is STD Awareness Month Get Yourself Tested"

  1. sakara   April 15, 2014 at 6:28 am

    shouldn’t hallmark have a greeting card for this; maybe some cute cartoon on the cover, with “I heard you got vd” comment inside the card?

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