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Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), also known as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), are on the rise.1 Direct patients or colleagues to these websites for information about prevention, treatment, and more.

 

National HIV and STD testing resources

http://hivtest.cdc.gov

 

Sponsored by the CDC, this website allows users to input their ZIP code to locate the nearest HIV and STI testing centers. A helpful portion of the website is dedicated to defining STIs, including signs and symptoms, modes of transmission, and prevention.

 

Association of Reproduction Health Professionals

http://www.arhp.org/topics/stis

 

Geared toward healthcare professionals, this website has links to patient-teaching materials, continuing-education sources, and clinical publications/resources for information on STIs. A section of the website features research on STIs and slide presentations on various topics, including the causes of infertility and management of "prevalent and problematic" STIs.

 

American Sexual Health Association

http://www.ashastd.org

 

ASHA is dedicated to informing the public about all aspects of sexual health, including STIs. It's a great website for patients because it covers myriad topics and the sources are easy to understand. Included under the STI section are myths and facts about infections, statistics, and ways to reduce the risk of contracting an STI.

 

IMPT for Reproductive Health

http://www.mpts101.org

 

Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (IMPT) is committed to bringing multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs) to market. MPTs are products designed to help prevent at least two reproductive/sexual health risks, such as unintended pregnancy and an STI. Promising MPTs include easier-to-use vaginal rings and effective gels that help prevent both unintended pregnancy and STIs.

 

REFERENCE

 

1. CDC. 2012 sexually transmitted disease surveillance. National overview of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), 2012. 2014. http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats12/natoverview.htm. [Context Link]