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The second full week of April is STD Awareness Week! STDs are sexually transmitted diseases, also referred to as sexually transmitted infections (STIs). This is a time to call attention to STDs; reduce stigma, fear and discrimination against people living with them; and sure everyone has the tools needed to prevent, test for, and treat STDs. According to the CDC, one in five people in the United States had an STI in 2018 (nearly half from young people ages 15-24), which cost the American health care system nearly $16 billion alone.

According to Timothy P. Harrison, Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives and Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “For years, the U.S. has been battling steep, sustained increases in STDs,” which is why it is so important to raise awareness about STDs to protect your health, the health of your partners, and the health of your community. The CDC offers these guidelines and resources to make sexual health intentional:

We wanted to highlight some resources available at the library that focus on STDs and sexual health. Stop by and check one out, or place a hold on any of these titles by following the corresponding link:

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