In the spring, an old organization’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love. And sex. And sexual health. This spring, ASHA is launching a new campaign—Spring into Sexual Health—to bring greater awareness to this important subject. Over the next three months, we’ll be rolling out new content and highlighting three important national health observances: STI Awareness Month in April, National Women’s Health Week in June, and Men’s Health Month in June. Check back here all throughout spring and visit our Facebook and Twitter pages to see all that’s blooming this spring.
New in April:
- It’s STI Awareness Month! Time to learn more about STIs, why testing is important and where you can get tested, and how to reduce your risk. You can also take a quick quiz to see how much you know about STIs.
- A new series of videos featuring two noted herpes experts, H. Hunter Handsfield, MD, and Kees Rietmeijer, MD, PhD, discussing essential facts about herpes. They explain the differences between the two virus types, who should get tested for herpes and the types of testing available, managing herpes during pregnancy, and strategies to prevent herpes infection.
- Do you know what STI tests are right for you? Recommendations vary based on things such as your age, gender, and risk factors, so learn more.
- It’s been associated with urethritis in men and linked to cervicitis and pelvic inflammatory disease in women. But odds are you’ve never been tested for, or even heard of, this STI. Find out what it is.
- HIV prevention—in a pill. Learn more about PrEP.
- Listen to a podcast featuring adolescent sexual health expert J. Dennis Fortenberry, MD, speaking with ASHA’s Fred Wyand on the subject of STI testing. See more from Dr. Fortenberry on sexualhealthTV.org.
New in May:
- A new video on the subject of sexual issues affecting postmenopausal women. Sexual difficulties can make a woman feel isolated and alone. The subject can be hard to talk about, even with a partner. Watch the video and learn about what women can do to address sexual problems.
- Long-acting reversible contraception or LARC, is reversible birth control that provides long-lasting (think years) pregnancy prevention. While not currently the leading choice among women, LARC use has been on the rise in recent years. Learn more about LARC methods.
- A podcast on the dual use of condoms and LARC to enhance the pregnancy protection of LARC while reducing the risk of most common STIs.
Check back for more all through spring!