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/infections (STDs/STIs) 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 reported receiving 23,133 new cases of STDs/STIs in Minnesota in 2013 of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis.  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 STDs/STIs 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/STI 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/STIs:
    • display posters, flyers and/or brochures in lunch or break rooms, employee mailboxes and bulletin boards
    • invite guest speakers from clinics that provide STD/STI testing services
    • provide information through employee newsletters, payroll stuffers, email messages
    • emphasize family awareness and encourage employees and co-workers to educate their families about STD/STI prevention
    • obtain STD/STI related DVDs, videos or slides
  • 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 agency sponsor community events:
    • donate products and services to local STD/STI prevention and testing programs and events
    • host an STD/STI education program or campaign with local clinic and offer STD/STI screenings
    • set up or sponsor a display in a public or retail setting
  • Obtain materials for STD Awareness Month:
  • Promote STD Awareness Month:
    • submit a proclamation to your employer stating that your business recognizes STD Awareness Month
    • develop cards with the STD Awareness Month information and STD hotline numbers
    • encourage your office to display posters, flyers, or brochures by mailboxes and break rooms
    • insert STD/STI materials in employee mailboxes
  • Retail businesses:
    • place a STD/STI educational poster in your window
    • place information pamphlets about STDs/STIs 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 or social media accounts link to national STD/STI websites:
  • Use Selected Local and National Resources for National STD Awareness Month and /or STD Materials
  • Make sure your events get added to the Calendar of Statewide National STD Awareness Month Events

Updated Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 03:30PM