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“Treat Me Right” STD Awareness Month

By Tech. Sgt. Albertina Walker 2nd Aero Medical Support Squadron

The theme for this year’s Sexually Transmitted Diseases Awareness Month is “Treat Me Right.” The focus of the theme is the relationship between healthcare providers and patients. “Treat Me Right” ensures healthcare providers are prepared with the necessary tools that involve detection and treatment of STDs. Healthcare providers have an opportunity to build trust among patients by establishing positive rapport in discussing patient history and risk reduction.

Patients, especially teens and young adults, are encouraged to learn about STDs and understand the importance of prevention. More importantly, patients should be empowered to ask questions about their safety and overall health. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Louisiana ranks second highest in the United States with the number per capita of STDs which include:

-Chlamydia (679.3 cases per 100,000 people).

-Gonorrhea (230.8 cases per 100,000 people)

-Syphilis (16.1 cases per 100,000).

-HIV (29.2 cases per 100,000). 

With the United States having a record number of STD cases and Louisiana as a leading state for infections, it is important for everyone to work together on this issue. This year’s theme “Treat Me Right” is imperative to the building of trusted relationships between healthcare providers and patients as a preventative health measure. Together we can prevent STDs!

If you would like additional information contact Public Health at 456-6599.