Start The Conversation about STDs
The Louisiana 2019 STD Awareness Month efforts will launch April 1st. The STD/HIV Program is joining the National Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention in providing materials from four of the most popular campaigns previously used for STD Awareness. These materials all encourage talking about STDs, testing, and adequately treating STDs (including HIV). Materials and products will be available (while supplies last) to fit the needs of the populations. We are encouraging all communities across Louisiana to get involved. For more information and to order materials, please visitwww.louisianahealthhub.org.
Start the conversation about STDs and get involved in your community! Click here to see what’s happening in your area. If you don’t see your region be sure to check back for daily updates.
Visit Your Local Parish Health Unit
- Click here to see what is happening in your area for STD Awareness Month! Check back often as the list will be updated daily.
- The Louisiana Department of Health – Office of Public Health may be exhibiting STD and HIV information at select Parish Health Units and during community events across the state. Stop by to see the latest educational materials and get information and check www.lahhub.org for more information.
- Members of the community who want to learn more about STDs and HIV or who are interested in getting tested should call their local Parish Health Unit for dates and times of clinics in their area. For locations of local Parish Health Units, click here.
Wear Green Day
- Green is the national color for STD Awareness Month. On April 12th and April 26th, we are asking every Community- Based Organization, Parish Health Unit, Student Health Center, and other allies to wear green in solidarity to raise awareness about STDs in Louisiana.
- Also on these days, take a group picture and Tag Us (@lahealthhub #STDMonthLA) and/or email it to Petera.Reine-Diaban@la.gov to be featured in our program social medial platforms (Instagram and Facebook) or #STDMonthLa.
Show us how you “Start the Conversation”
- Post a photo or video creatively depicted how to start the conversation about sexual health with friends, family, healthcare providers, or even with your hair stylist.
- The posts will be re-posted on our Instagram page @LAHealthHub. The person with the most liked post will receive a goody bag from the STD/HIV Program.
- Tag @LAHealthHub and use the #STDMonthLa to submit your post.
Example Facebook Posts
- STD Awareness Month starts April 1! This year’s theme ‘Start the Conversation-About STDs’ will focus on the importance of talking about STDs and sexual health. Learn more: www.lahhub.org #STDMonthLa
- Detect repeat infections with retesting. Anyone who tests positive for chlamydia or gonorrhea, as well as women who test positive for trichomoniasis, should be retested three months after treatment. Learn more: www.lahhub.org
- During STD Awareness Month, feel empowered to talk to your doctor about sexual health so you can get all the information you need to live a healthy life. It starts with a conversation. Learn more at www.lahhub.org
- Have you heard about U=U? Undetectable = Untransmittable. People living with HIV, who are taking their medications as prescribed and achieving an “undetectable” viral load, are NOT able to infect their sexual partners with HIV. Now that you know, tell others! Learn more: www.lahhub.org #STDMonthLa
Example Twitter Posts
- #STD Awareness Month starts April 1! The Start the Conversation will focus on the importance of starting to talk about STDs. www.LAHHUB.org #STDMonthLa
- I talked to my doctor about my sexual activities and they gave me advice on how to engage in a healthy way www.LAHHUB.org #STDMonthLa
- Louisiana is ranked #1 for congenital syphilis, #2 for chlamydia, and #3 for gonorrhea. Visitwww.lahhub.org #STDMonthLa
- #Syphilis is an STD that can have very serious complications when not treated. www.lahhub.org #STDMonthLa
Download Fact Sheets
Pick Your Campaign
STD Prevention Partners: You can choose from 4 different campaigns, designed by CDC, to best fit the need of your community. Each campaign has a unique STD prevention focus and audience. By clicking on the campaigns below, you can access resources and customizable materials.
GYT: Get Yourself Tested
Encourages young people to get tested and treated for STDs and HIV.
Syphilis Strikes Back
Highlights the resurgence of syphilis and the specific threat it poses to gay and bisexual men, pregnant women, and newborn babies.
Talk. Test. Treat.
Focuses on educating individuals and healthcare providers about the three simple actions they can take to protect their health/their patient’s health.
Treat Me Right
Underscores the need for strong patient-provider relationships to overcome the
rising STD burden.