April Is STD Awareness Month: Time to Take the Test
By Candace Y.A. Montague
April 19, 2011
April has been designated as sexually transmitted diseases awareness month. According to the CDC, over 19 million new STD cases are found ever year (no that's not a misprint). This month is about more than just knowing how many sexually transmitted diseases there are in the world (there are over 25 by the way). It is also about knowing which ones are deadly, how many are treatable, and how you can find out if you have one.
Let's start with the basics. Here's a quick and dirty (no pun intended) list of the most common STD and how they are treated:
Have you heard enough? Do you feel overwhelmed and hopeless? Well ... don't. Most of these STDs are treatable and some are curable. Here in D.C. there are several places to get tested including Planned Parenthood, Us Helping Us, Whitman-Walker Clinic, and Children's National Medical Center. Wanna get tested out side of the city for the sake of discretion? Click here for a list of testing sites around the beltway.
Recommended Website: The Hepatitis Foundation. This is an excellent organization located right next door to D.C. in Silver Spring. They are very devoted to educating the public about Hepatitis. The founder herself still does trainings and lectures locally. She's very cool.
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Candace Y.A. Montague
Candace Y.A. Montague has been learning about HIV since 1988 (and she has the certificates from the American Red Cross to prove it). Health is a high priority to Candace because she believes that nothing can come of your life if you're not healthy enough to enjoy it. One of her two master's degrees is in Community Health Promotion and Education. Candace was inspired to act against HIV after seeing a documentary in 2008 about African-American women and HIV. She knew that writing was the best way for her to make a difference and help inform others. Candace is a native Washingtonian and covers HIV news all around D.C. She has covered fundraisers, motorcycle rides, town hall meetings, house balls, Capitol Hill press conferences, election campaigns and protests for The DC Examiner.com and emPower News Magazine.
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