I. STD Guidelines and Recommendations for the LGBT Community
Individuals who are at risk for STDs need reliable, trustworthy, accessible and up-to-date information on health interventions for the most concerning sexually transmitted diseases and related risk factors. The guidelines and recommendations that we have assembled are from highly-respected sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, institutions of higher learning and advocacy groups.
HIV was once a mysterious killer, but today it is under control and can be diagnosed through either blood or saliva. Today’s testing can help you make decisions about your own behaviors, suggest additional testing you may need, guide the therapy or treatment that’s best for you, and help you monitor and manage your health.
- Recommendations and guidance for HIV, STD, hepatitis and TB partner service programs – Information from the CDC on resources include program guidelines, recommendations, and related MMWRs (CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) about prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis A, B, and C, STDs, and Tuberculosis.
- Guidance on Sexually Transmitted Infections – The best content published in the journal of the American Association of Family Practitioners on sexually transmitted infections and related issues
- Find the Best At-Home STD Test – An overview of the screening process, as well as our recommendations for the best at-home STD testing kits.
- STD Testing and Treatment Guidelines – Links on STD Testing and Treatment Guidelines from the Texas Department of State Health Services
II. LGBTQ STD Reference Materials
The references and resource materials listed here are assembled by some of the most respected health organizations and advocacy groups serving the LGBTQ community. They are frequently updated and should be trusted for their relevance, accuracy and validity.
Resources for LGBT STD Educators
- Resources for adults and advisors – Materials assemble by the Gay-Straight Alliance Network to support teachers and advisors working with trans and queer youth.
- Programs to improve supportive environments for LGBT youth – Ideas from the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network to help educators engage school communities to become allies and activists.
- Safe & Supportive Schools Project – Program from the American Psychological Association to promote safe and supportive environments that prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among adolescents.
- Toolbox to Promote Healthy LGBTQ Youth – Collection of resources and documents for middle and high school counselors, school nurses, school psychologists, school social workers and other specialized instructional support professionals from the American Psychological Association
STD Awareness Campaigns
- Let’s Stop HIV Together – Raises awareness about HIV and its impact on the lives of all Americans and fights stigma by showing that persons with HIV are real people.
- HIV Treatment Works – This campaign features people from the United States who are living with HIV, talking about how sticking with care and treatment helps them stay healthy, protect others, and live longer, healthier lives.
- STD Awareness Week – Annual campaign to raise awareness about what STDs are, how they impact our lives and why prevention, testing and treatment are so important.
- Get Yourself Tested Campaign – National campaign encouraging young people to get tested and treated for STDs and HIV.
LGBT Health Services – Affordable Care Act
These tools and widgets are designed to help share information and show support for the prevention of diseases that affect gay and bisexual men.
LGBT organizations and coalitions form for the purpose of optimizing the strength of their message and expanding the scope of the services that they can provide.
- Fenway Institute – The Fenway Institute provides high quality, comprehensive health care, research, education and advocacy to enhance the wellbeing of the LGBTQIA+ community.
- GLMA – GLMA is a national organization committed to ensuring health equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and all sexual and gender minority individuals and equality for LGBTQSGM health professionals.
- National Association of Lesbian and Gay Addiction Professionals – The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and their Allies is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of alcoholism, substance abuse, and other addictions in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities.
- HealthHIV – HealthHIV advances effective prevention, care, support and health equity for people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C.
- National LGBT Cancer Network – The National LGBT Cancer Network works to improve the lives of LGBT cancer survivors and those at risk through education, training of healthcare providers, and advocacy.
- Parents, Families, Friends and Loved Ones of Lesbians and Gays – PFLAG – National organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, their parents and families, and allies.
- LGBT HealthLink – A community-driven national network of experts and professionals enhancing LGBT health by reducing health disparities within LGBT communities.