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STD Awareness Month (April)

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April is STD awareness month, an annual observance to raise public awareness about the impact of STDs on the lives of Americans and the importance of individuals discussing sexual health with their health care providers and, if sexually active, their partners. We encourage you to refer to the resources below:

 

AAP Resources on STDs

For Health Care Providers
Condom Use by Adolescents (policy statement)
Contraception and Adolescents (policy statement)
Adolescent Pregnancy: Current Trends and Issues (clinical report)


Tools for Providers and Patients/Parents (for AAP Members Only)

The Adolescent Health Web pages on the AAP Web site provide a pathway to handouts and tools that can be used in primary care practice for patients, parents and providers. Although not all of these resources were developed by the AAP, they were recommended by adolescent health experts as helpful tools for primary care providers, their patients and their families.


For Parents and Teens
(HealthyChildren.org)
Making Healthy Decisions about Sex
Deciding to Wait
Talking to your Teen about Sex
Sexually Transmitted Infections Prevention

 

Other Resources on STDs

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(resources for providers, patients and families and a list of STD testing centers)

2010 STD Treatment Guidelines
Article on the changes to the guidelines
AAP News article on what's new with the guidelines

National Chlamydia Coalition Resources (AAP is a partner organization)


Get Yourself Tested Campaign:

GYT is developed as part of It’s Your (Sex) Life, a longstanding public information partnership of MTV and the Kaiser Family Foundation, together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and other national partners, including the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) and the American College Health Association (ACHA). Gilead Sciences, Inc. provides support and resources for select elements of the campaign.