Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and sexually transmitted infections (STI) are an important health concern for sexually active adolescents. The following resources offer a wealth of tools and data on STD/STI prevention for adolescents. While these resources provide information that will be relevant to health professionals, others will find useful information as well, including adolescents, their parents, and educators working with adolescents.
- AIDS/HIV Information Resources
Medline Plus, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
The National Library of Medicine’s Medline Plus provides a wealth of information related to HIV and AIDS, including interactive tutorials, clinical resources, and breaking news updates regarding HIV prevention initiatives. This site also has HIV facts, statistics, and health care resources specifically for the general public, teenagers, providers and health professionals, scientists, and non-English speakers.
- National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD)
NCSD aims to educate policy makers about issues relevant to STD control, as well as spread awareness about and promote effective STD control practices. Resources that NCSD offers a list of resources, including data and fact sheets about STD prevention, webinars and trainings for health professionals dealing with STD prevention. NCSD also hosts the only annual meeting in the U.S designed specifically for STD prevention and sexual health professionals.
- HIV/AIDS/STD Prevention Program
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
This program is most useful for educators teaching youth about STDs and STD prevention. The website includes training tools for both educators and students, in addition to assessment tools to aid individuals in assessing, developing, and enhancing current STD policies and programs in their local school districts.
- Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) reports national surveillance data for youth behaviors in six areas, including sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and STIs. Fact sheets and interactive data tables that can be customized by year and subpopulation make this resource particularly useful for grant proposal writing, presentations, and acquiring general information about a variety of trends in youth health behaviors.
- Young People & HIV Prevention: Multimedia
This page provides the latest news articles, scholarly articles, and blog posts about new media and multimedia efforts in HIV/STD prevention, specifically for adolescents.
- Teen Help
Teen Help is a website that offers resources for teens, parents, and professionals working with teens in a number of various health and social service areas. Teen Help features especially detailed information on sexually transmitted diseases, featuring separate web pages for each of the most common STDs.
TeensHealth website is designed for teenagers and also offers resources for parents. It offers quizzes, a questions and answers section for teens’ most commonly asked health questions, and interactive health activities. Providers, health professionals, educators, and parents can refer youth to the website for accurate health information, especially regarding STDs and STD prevention.
- Today is for Tomorrow
Today is for Tomorrow is a website designed by YTH that provides information, tips, videos, and humorous links regarding a variety of health topics, including reproductive health and STD prevention for high school-aged youth. Teens have the option of signing up for weekly health tips delivered to their mobile phone and engaging in a Tumblr site that is also part of the Today is for Tomorrow initiative.
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