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What is STD Awareness Month?

STD Awareness Month is an annual observance in April. National Youth HIV/STD Awareness Day was April 10. (see blogpost April-10-is-National-Youth-HIV/STD-Awareness-Day/4/9/16. ) Each year, the U.S. has 19 million new sexually transmitted diseases.  It’s an ongoing public health epidemic that costs the health care system 17 billion annually. Talking To Your Kids About Sexually Transmitted…

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What is #40toNoneDay?

  Today is #40toNoneDay.  It serves to raise public awareness about LGBT youth homelessness.  LGBT persons face discrimination, social stigma, and often rejection by their families.  These consequences of society’s non-acceptance can result in 7.4% more acts of sexual violence to them than their heterosexual peers and LGBT youth are more likely to attempt suicide…

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10 Things Straight Parents Should Know

When Your Child Is Coming Out: • Remain calm and focused on what he/she reveals.• Give a hug and say “I love you.”• Tell your child how proud you are that she divulged such an important facet of herself.• You might ask how long he has known and why he feels he is gay, bi,…

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Hush! April 15th is GLSEN’s Day of Silence

Tomorrow is an important day to show your support for LGBT persons.  It’s called The Day of Silence (DOS).  Sponsored by GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Educational Network), The Day of Silence is a national youth movement whereby students typically take a vow of silence as a symbol of the silencing effect of anti-LGBT language and…

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April 10 is National Youth HIV/STD Awareness Day

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, during STD Month, April, sum up STD prevention with their campaign: Talk, Test, Treat.  You can download or order brochures, pamphlets, information sheets about STD’s online from the CDC ( ) to share with your child. However, their educational materials don’t exonerate a parent from the responsibility of…

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