April is STD Awareness Month. The purpose of the month is to get people talking about STDs and STD prevention.
“Since 2009, MTV, the Kaiser Family Foundation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other partners have been supporting National STD Awareness Month with the GYT: Get Yourself Tested campaign to inform young people about STDs, encourage and normalize testing for STDs, and connect young people to testing centers,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In 2009 there were 1,244,180 cases of Chlamydia, and 301,174 cases of Gonorrhea. There were also 42,959 new diagnoses of HIV infection in the 40 states and five dependent areas. People with an STD are up to 5 times more likely to contract HIV.
Knowing your status is key to your health.
“Just over half of all new sexually transmitted HIV infections are spread by people who have it and don’t know it,” according to EraseDoubt. EraseDoubt is dedicated to increasing HIV testing in Los Angeles County, driving awareness of HIV prevention, and providing updated information about HIV/AIDS treatment and care. Through advocacy and education, Erase Doubt promotes a greater understanding and respect for individuals living with HIV/AIDS and those at higher risk of contracting HIV.
African-Americans make up 9.8% of Los Angeles County’s population, but account for 22% of living HIV/AIDS cases.
Get tested. Know your status. If you’re in LA County go to the Erase Doubt website to find locations where you can get tested.
If you’re not in LA County go to HIV Test to find a location near you.
And remember it takes a second to protect yourself.
The video below is a good how-to video on using a condom.
Tip 1: Don’t put a condom in your wallet. Prolonged exposure to heat attacks the structural integrity of the condom.
Tip 2: Do not flush a condom in the toilet. Condoms aren’t biodegradable.
I’m a Brand Ambassador for Erase Doubt. We had a photo shoot in January and the billboard is finally out. If you’re in West Hollywood you should see the billboard soon (if you do see it take a picture and send it to me so I can print it and add it to my personal shrine).
For more information on STDS, HIV/AIDS treatment, and testing visit Erase Doubt or you can contact them at Erase Doubt 600 South Commonwealth Avenue, 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90005. P: 800-367-AIDS (2437) E: firstname.lastname@example.org
- I have an std – what should I do now? (zocdoc.com)
- How do you no when you have HIV (wiki.answers.com)