How to Plan National STD Awareness Month Activities

Work sites/ Clinics/ Community-based Organizations

National STD Awareness Month is an annual national health observance sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help break the silence and to alert everyone to the growing crisis of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in America. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) encourages all Minnesotans to learn about STDs, one of the state’s most persistent (yet preventable) health problems, during the observance of National STD Awareness Month. Public awareness and knowledge are critically low around the country and STDs remain at epidemic levels, particularly among 15 to 29 year olds. The MDH received 23,133 new case reports of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in 2013. To help get the word about National STD Awareness Month in your community, please refer to the following planning guidelines and suggested activities:

  • Ask your employer to help establish April as a month to address the issue of STDs in your workplace
  • Organize a meeting or planning committee to plan for National STD Awareness Month activities
  • Organize a meeting to establish or clarify office policies concerning infectious diseases that include STD education and awareness
  • Educate employees about the national and state STD hotlines and how to access them. Invite speakers from the state’s STD hotline
  • Educate employees about the prevention of STDs:
    • display posters, flyers, brochures
    • invite guest speakers from clinics that provide STD testing services
    • provide information through employee newsletters, payroll stuffers, e-mail messages
    • emphasize family awareness and encourage employees and co-workers to educate their families about STD prevention
    • obtain MDH STD related videos and slides from the MDH Library
  • Make long-term commitment for comprehensive infectious disease workplace prevention education to include: policy development, training of managers, supervisors, and executives in that policy; employee and family education; and, the development of corporate/community service volunteerism
  • Have your company sponsor community events:
    • donate products and services to local STD prevention and testing programs
    • sponsor an STD media campaign on behalf of a local clinic or county health department
    • set up or sponsor a display in a public building, mall or retail center
  • Obtain STD brochures, fact sheets and posters:;;
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  • Promote STD Awareness Month:
    • submit a proclamation to your employer stating that your business recognizes National STD Awareness Month
    • develop cards with the National STD Awareness Month information, your business logo, and the national and local STD hotline numbers
    • encourage your office to display posters, flyers, or brochures by your company’s mailboxes, break rooms or bulletin boards
    • insert STD educational materials or testing site locations in pay check envelopes
  • Retail businesses:
    • place a STD educational poster in your window
    • place information pamphlets about STDs at the checkout counters, waiting areas or lobbies
    • donate products and services to groups or schools planning events for National STD Awareness Month
  • Have your business web site link to national STD web sites:

Updated Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 09:47AM