In honor of World AIDS Day, the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) proudly announces the release of a new resource, “STD Prevention: Strengthening the Approach to HIV Prevention,” a factsheet that highlights how HIV and other STDs are closely linked and how sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention is also HIV prevention.
Research has long shown that having other STDs increases the likelihood of contracting HIV, and in turn, having HIV also increases the likelihood of contracting and spreading STDs. In addition, co-infection of those with other STDs and HIV is not uncommon; according to 2010 CDC STD surveillance data, between 25-54 percent of those with primary or secondary syphilis were also HIV positive. Recent leaps forward in the field of HIV prevention, which are outlined in this new fact sheet, such as treatment as prevention, however, have shown that STDs and HIV are overlapping epidemics, and that success in controlling STDs is an integral part of controlling our country’s HIV epidemic.
Please click the link below for a PDF version of this fact sheet.