Did you see the headline splash in the recent edition of North Country This Week? St. Lawrence County Seeing Big Uptick in Sexually Transmitted Diseases. The county is not alone in these statistics. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) affect millions of people globally. According to the World Health Organization, more than 1 million new STIs occur each day. In the US, more than half are among young people ages 15-24. STDs affect people of all ages and backgrounds, but are a subject that people are often shy about discussing. Being informed is the best way toward prevention, detection, and treatment. Here are some easy-to-read helpful resources:
Includes info on Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Chlamydia, HPV, HIV/AIDS
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Comprehensive info on STD’s, fact sheets, risks & prevention, available in English & Spanish.
Office of Women’s Health (US Dept. of Health & Human Services)
Info related specifically to women’s health
Basic facts about many STDs: what is it, symptoms, testing, treatment, prevention.
The STD Project: Breaking the Stigma
Good info to explore related to specific groups: young adults, older adults, LGBT, disabled. Also links to hotlines to call, support groups to connect with.
The public library has these books you can borrow:
Need help finding more information on this topic or other health-related issues? Please feel free to contact Mary Cabral, Health Sciences Librarian, Clarkson University at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Author: Mary Cabral is the Health Sciences Librarian at Clarkson University, supporting students and faculty in the Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Occupational Therapy graduate programs. She has been a librarian with Clarkson, providing reference services, information literacy instruction, and research guidance, since 2010. She previously worked at Boston Public Library and the MIT Libraries. She holds an MLS from Simmons College.