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April is STD Awareness Month!


  Take the time to talk to your health care provider about your sexual health and get tested.  
    Every year sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, cost the U.S. health care system $17 billion - and cost individuals even more in immediate and long-term health consequences.

April is STD Awareness month, an annual observance to call attention to the impact of STDs and promote STD testing across the United States.


What Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men Need to Know
About Sexually Transmitted Diseases

    What are sexually transmitted diseases? Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are very common in the United States - half of all sexually active people will get an STD by age 25. These diseases can be passed from one person to another through intimate physical contact and sexual activity. More...   

Epidemiologic Report of Communicable Diseases in Monterey County, 2012


In 2012, the Monterey County Health Department's Communicable Disease Unit (CDU) received 19,555 reports of illnesses from medical providers and laboratories. This represented a 46% increase from 2011. More...


CDC FACT SHEET Reported STDs in the United States


This fact sheet summarizes 2012 data on chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis published in CDC's annual report, Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance, 2012 (available at The data are based on state and local STD case reports from a variety of private and public sources which indicate that the majority of cases are reported in non- STD clinic settings, such as private physician offices and health maintenance organizations. More...


Monterey County Health Department Quarterly Communicable Disease Report  More...


Oral Sex and HIV Risk


Oral sex involves giving or receiving oral stimulation (i.e., sucking or licking) to the penis (fellatio), the vagina (cunnilingus), or the anus (anilingus). HIV can be transmitted during any of these activities, but the risk is much less than that from anal or vaginal sex. Receiving fellatio, giving or receiving cunnilingus, and giving or receiving anilingus carry little to no risk. The highest oral sex risk is to individuals performing fellatio on an HIV-infected man, with ejaculation. More...

  Undetectable Viral Load  

The term "undetectable viral load" pops up everywhere from lab reports and medical journals to social media and dating apps.

Here are some key terms and concepts to help HIV-positive and HIV-negative folks understand and explore what "undetectable" means. More...

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