SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES (STDS)

Activity

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Time of Year

April – SADD Calendar
April – National STD Awareness Month
Any time of year

Summary

Each year, 3,000 adolescents contract sexually transmitted diseases, which is about one in four sexually experienced teens.

Objective

To promote awareness about the issue of youth and STDs

Materials Needed

  • Fact sheets on STDs
  • Materials for signs or fliers for printing/distribution

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that are spread by having sex with another person who is infected. Many STDs are curable but some are not. If you have sex with someone who has an STD, you can get it, too. Once you are infected, you can pass it on to others during sexual contact.
Many people who have an STD don’t know it. They may look and feel healthy, but they still could have an STD. Some people won’t tell you they have one, even if they do know.

Each year 3,000 adolescents contract sexually transmitted diseases, which is about one in four sexually experienced teens.

What to Do

  1. Create fact sheets to share with peers and educate the public about STDs. Visit your local public health department to find out if there are fact sheets, brochures, or other handouts you can bring back to your peers. Ask if they have any graphic images of how STDs can affect body organs. You may also use the Web sites www.ashastd.org and www.iwannaknow.org to get additional information for teens. Make sure to work with your school administration on this project.
  2. Conduct a health fair at school or elsewhere in the community. Invite representatives from various organizations and health clinics to sponsor a booth.
  3. Create a SADD bulletin board or use the school newspaper to disseminate the information.
  4. Ask your health class teacher to focus a unit on STDs.
If you think you have an STD, there is something you can do about it. The only way to know for sure is to be tested. Call the CDC National STD and AIDS Hotlines for more information at 800-227-8922, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST.

 

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