Sexually Transmitted Infections Awareness Month
Each April ASHA recognizes STI Awareness Month. As was the case last year, our thoughts continue to focus heavily on COVID-19…but now we have vaccines!
Read on for all we’ve put together for you this month including resources and some perspective about these strange times. Oh, and #GetYourShot!
Sex in the Time of COVID-19
Is it safe to go out and have sex?! This answer changes as more of us become fully vaccinated but we’re not quite there yet. It’s still a good idea to think about current guidance around sex and intimacy during a pandemic. Get the details here
Yes Means Test!
Yes or no, sex is our choice. But the facts are clear: STI’s are common, especially among young people (half all of all new STI’s are in youth ages 15-24). YES to sex? Then #YESmeansTEST. Click here learn more about STI’s, find free and fast testing near you, and get tips on starting the conversation.
Talking about STIs and Sexual Health
- Be an Askable Parent: Talking to Your Kids About Sexual Health
- Ten Things to Ask Your Healthcare Provider
- Healthcare Professionals: Herpes and HPV Toolkits plus patient counseling guides
Reduce Your Risk
- Your Safer Sex Toolbox has the scoop on the different types of condoms (and how to use them), lubricants and more
- Vaccines can prevent a number of STDs. Learn which vaccines are available and who should have them
- Understanding Cervical Cancer Prevention is an interactive patient education tool designed to empower patients to speak-up, ask questions of their health care team, and become their own best advocates
- Sexual Health TV: ASHA’s videos -including a special collection focusing on herpes – give you the facts about diagnosing, treating, and managing STDs
- Say Yes To PrEP: along with condoms, pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is an HIV-prevention option for those at higher risk that involves taking a pill once daily. Visit#SayYesToPrEP to find out if PrEP is right for you and search for clinics in your area
- The One-Two Punch: Knocking Out HIV and Syphilis Co-infection offers a video and free downloads organizations are welcome to use on websites and social media platforms