STD Awareness Month 2017 Theme:
Syphilis Strikes Back
"Syphilis Strikes Back," focuses on the dangerous resurgence of syphilis in the U.S. – reported cases and rates for primary and secondary syphilis are the highest they have been in more than 20 years. Once nearing elimination, national data find that syphilis is thriving. Rates are on the rise among men, women, newborns, all regions, and almost every race/ethnicity.
The resurgence of syphilis highlights its ability to affect many communities at anytime and anywhere. We cannot accept this as the new normal, and together, we can and must take action.
April is STD Awareness Month, an annual observance to raise public awareness about the negative impact of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) as well as the importance of individuals discussing sexual health with their health care provider and sexual partners.
STDs are a major public health issue in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates there are approximately 19 million new cases of STDs in the U.S. each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24. In 2016, Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County reported 74 cases of syphilis, 1,417 cases of gonorrhea and 3,502 cases of chlamydia.
Many of those who are infected don’t know it because many STDs do not have any symptoms. The only sure way to know if you have a STD is to get tested.
Throughout the month of April, Public Health’s STD Clinic will be sponsoring activities to raise public awareness about the importance of prevention, testing and treatment, and getting involved.
Nurses from the STD Clinic will be participating in the Levin Health Fair at Sinclair Community College on April 1, 2017 from 10:00-3:00 in Building 12. The nurses will provide testing for syphilis at the health fair along with providing educational material related to STDs. The event is free and open to the public.
During the month of April there will be a table set up in the main lobby of the Reibold Building. Please take the time to visit the display. STDs are preventable and treatable. Working together to build awareness will help us prevent the spread of STDs in our community!
To make an appointment for STD testing or for more information, call 937-225-4550.