Best STD Blogs of the Year
June 20, 2017 | Healthline
Written by Catherine Cronenberg
We’ve carefully selected these blogs because they are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information. If you would like to tell us about a blog, nominate them by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
If you have or have had a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or sexually transmitted infection (STI), you’re not alone. STIs affect hundreds of millions of people globally. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that more than 1 million new STIs occur each day. In the United States, 110 million people — about one-third of the population — have an STD at any given time. American youths aged 15 to 24 are particularly at risk, accounting for approximately 10 million new cases per year, or half of the nation’s annual infections, despite only about a quarter of that population being sexually active, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
STDs affect people of all ages and backgrounds and can be lifelong, whether dormant or active. But they’re a subject that people are often shy about discussing. Making matters worse, people often don’t even realize they’re STI-positive when infections yield no symptoms. Additionally, while treatments have come a long way for difficult viruses such as HIV and hepatitis C, new resistances to conventional drugs are posing threats for traditionally curable bacterial infections like gonorrhea.
Whether you have an STD or are concerned about STDs, education and community resources are keys to coping with knowledge that you or a loved one is infected and preventing further spread. These excellent blogs provide facts, news, support, and forums for discussing STDs and some of the complex emotions that they produce.
Here are our top picks for the best STD blogs of the year.
They are the self-described “hub for a Colorado and Michigan effort to reduce unintended pregnancies, promote good sexual and reproductive health and well-being and help ‘normalize’ conversations about these topics.” The site is filled with information about contraception, STDs, pregnancy, healthcare coverage, and other sexuality topics like sexting. Check out the real stories discussing personal choices, such as why birth control is a part of one woman’s life, and the helpful guides.