STD Awareness Week

STD Awareness Week, observed the second full week in Aprilpdf icon, provides an opportunity to raise awareness about STDs and how they impact our lives; reduce STD-related stigma, fear, and discrimination; and ensure people have the tools and knowledge to prevent, test for, and treat STDs.

For years, the U.S. has been battling steep, sustained increases in STDs. A recent report estimates that about 20 percent of the U.S. population – approximately one in five people in the U.S. – had an STI on any given day in 2018, and STIs acquired that year cost the American health care system nearly $16 billion in health care costs alone. Recent surveillance report data show STDs are not slowing down, but continue reaching all-time highs.

#GYT: Get Yourself Tested