Educating the public about STDs and conducting outreach to high priority populations such as men who have sex with men (MSM), adolescents, and transgender people are central aspects of STD prevention and treatment. By increasing knowledge about STDs and their health implications, as well as promoting preventive measures like condom usage, PrEP, and routine testing, the public can be better armed to take charge of their health. Keeping health care providers abreast of how to best serve high priority populations and how to deliver standard STD care is also critical to the field.
NCSD offers a variety of STD education and outreach technical assistance in topic areas such as:
- Adolescent sexual health: educating key decision makers on the importance of sexual health services (SHS) for youth and building the capacity for priority school districts to deliver or refer students to SHS
- Health equity: offering resources to health care providers and others in STD prevention that can help them better understand social determinants of health and better serve MSM, transgender people, racial and ethnic minorities, and women
- Health communications: providing examples of infographics, fact sheets, and STD prevention messaging from the field
Incorporating Health Equity into PCHD Supplemental DIS Funding
To assist NCSD members in incorporating Health Equity into their PCHD Supplemental DIS Funding, NCSD has created a toolkit with key terms and online resources.
Adolescent Sexual Health Priority Resource Dissemination Toolkit
This toolkit is designed to help implement CDC-developed school-based approached for health education, health services, and safe and supportive environments.
Webinar: Engaging with Tribal Communities in Responding to STDs
In April 2019, NCSD co-hosted a webinar with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) regarding STD data among American Indian/Alaska Native populations and key actions health agencies can take to build and strengthen partnerships with tribal communities to prevent STDs.
MSM Services Self-Assessment
Developed by NCSD’s MSM Advisory Committee, this tool is aimed at achieving MSM health equity within state/city/local public health jurisdictions. The five-minute self-assessment will gauge how your health department stacks up in promoting health equity for MSM. All results are private.
Black MSM Perspectives on PrEP, STDs, and Condoms: Focus Group Findings
With support from the MAC AIDS Fund (MAF), NCSD conducted three focus groups in 2017 with black MSM on PrEP—in Detroit, Michigan; Durham, North Carolina; and Washington, DC. This report of the findings was then developed and published with the support of Gilead Sciences, Inc.