STD Awareness Week
What Is STD Awareness Week?
STD Awareness Week, observed the second full week in April, provides an opportunity to raise awareness about STDs and how they impact our lives, reduce fear of seeking medical care, and ensure people have the tools and knowledge to prevent, test for, and treat STDs.
What Is an STD and Why STD Testing?
STD Stands for Sexually Transmitted Diseases, which can be contracted through any type of sexual activity. STDs are also referred to as STI or Sexually Transmitted Infections. The infection statistics are staggering. According to the Centers for Disease Detection, one in five people have an STI and 26 million new STIs were detected in 2018. Sadly, our youth are the most affected by these statistics.
In 2019, we started offering free testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, which are two of the most common STDs. This has given us an incredible opportunity to offer medical care to our patients and share truth with them. Our STD program allows us to share the Lord’s design for sex and sexual health. Often, this opens up the door for conversations about a patient’s beliefs about love, life, and God. Sometimes, this even gives us the opportunity share the Gospel.
How Can You Help?
1. Pray. Please join us in praying for STD Awareness week.
- For those that are in need of STD Testing around the country to turn to their local pregnancy medical clinic in their time of need.
- That God would use the STD program to build ongoing relationships with women and men, before they are faced with an unplanned pregnancy.
- For truth to prevail in the upcoming generation of youth that will be making sexual health decisions.
- For our nurses as they have deep and meaningful conversations with our patients.
- For the Lord to continually provide the funds needed to run the STD program.
2. Spread the word. We are grateful for every referral we receive as each referral is an opportunity to provide hope and practical help to someone with great need.
3. Share truth in your sphere of influence regarding the Lord’s design for sex and sexual health. If you have questions or would like to have us speak about this topic, please reach out.
We thank you for your support of AMC and are grateful for your prayers!
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021, February 18). STI prevalence, incidence, and cost estimates. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved April 8, 2022, from https://www.cdc.gov/std/statistics/prevalence-incidence-cost-2020.htm