STD Awareness Week

April 10–16, 2022 marks STD Awareness Week, which aims to spread awareness of STDs/STIs and their health impact, reduce stigma and fear surrounding STIs, and provide educational tools for increasing knowledge about STI prevention and treatment.

The CDC estimates that approximately 1 in 5 people in the U.S. population had an STI on any given day in 2018. In 2019, reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis had increased for the sixth consecutive year—reaching a new, all-time high.

The resources below from the RHNTC and the National Clinical Training Center for Family Planning (NCTCFP) support family planning and adolescent health providers in increasing screening for common STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea, prescribing PrEP for HIV prevention, and increasing vaccination for HPV.


Sexually Transmitted Infections Services eLearning Course

This eLearning course, which is part of the Putting the QFP into Practice series, describes the STI services that family planning clients may need and provides practical, evidence-informed information and strategies, as well as activities, videos, and scenarios.

Chlamydia Screening Toolkit

This toolkit, which is designed to help Title X grantees increase chlamydia screening rates, includes job aids, training guides, and eLearning modules.

Using Normalizing and Opt-out Language for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Screening: Sample Script

This sample script is designed to help staff use normalizing and opt-out language to screen clients for chlamydia and gonorrhea. The script is also available in Spanish.

Using Normalizing and Opt-out Language for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Screening: Palm Card

This palm card is designed to help staff use normalizing and opt-out language to screen clients for chlamydia and gonorrhea. When clinic staff use normalizing language, it helps clients feel that they are not being judged or singled out.

Sexually Transmitted Infections Treatment Guidelines, 2021

These guidelines from the CDC are intended to assist physicians and other health care providers in preventing and treating STIs. Although the guidelines emphasize treatment, prevention strategies, and diagnostic recommendations are also discussed.

HPV Vaccine Toolkit: Increasing HPV Vaccine Uptake Among Adolescent Clients in the Family Planning Setting

This toolkit describes three approaches to increasing HPV vaccination—especially among adolescents—at Title X-funded family planning sites.

PrEP for HIV Prevention in Title X Funded Family Planning Sites Webinar

This series of 5 archived webinars from April–October 2019 discusses pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention services in family planning clinics. The webinars provide an overview of PrEP; how to identify candidates for, offer, and prescribe PrEP; payment and financing considerations for offering PrEP in family planning settings; innovative models for delivering PrEP; and implementation strategies for PrEP rollout.

STI Patient Education Tool

This tool is designed to assist clinicians in the exam room when counseling teens on sexually transmitted infections (STI) information and prevention. This tool was written in an easy-to-read format, so young clients can understand symptoms, transmission, and prevention for each STI. Also available in Spanish.

Delivering HIV Rapid Test Results: Experiences from the Field

This video demonstrates counseling approaches for delivering HIV test results effectively and compassionately, including personal experiences from both clients and providers, as well as scenarios that model client visits.

STI Treatment Guidelines Update - live webinar

April 28, 2022 at 2pm CT
Register for an upcoming webinar discussing the latest updates in STI treatment guidelines, with Dr. Ina Park from the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine. CE will be available (amount pending).

The Family Planning Files Podcast

Episodes of the NCTCFP podcast, The Family Planning Files, are a convenient way for reproductive health professionals to hear about the latest news and topics in an easy to access format

Coding with Ann: A Podcast Series

The NCTCFP hosts an ongoing podcast series to discuss coding issues with Ann Finn, of Ann Finn Consulting.

  • Episode 14 - E/M Coding Changes
  • Episode 13 – PEP [post-exposure prophylaxis] for HIV Prevention
  • Episode 8 – Best Practices for ICD-10 Diagnosis Coding for STD & HIV Screening

Vulvovaginal Diseases: Explore the Infectious and Noninfectious Conditions that Affect Your Patients

This archived webinar from September 2020 covers vulvovaginal diseases, many of which are the result of STIs. Dr. Haefner of the University of Michigan covers diagnosis and care for patients with these diseases. Participants can earn 1.0 CNE.

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