With sexually transmitted diseases more common than they have ever been before, raising awareness both about the risks of unprotected sex and the STD testing options that are available has never been more important. Throughout the year, there are calendar dates devoted to various aspects of sexual health. Find out which dates you should be marking down in your diary for 2010.
Sexual Responsibility Week
Running from the 8th to the 14th of February, Sexual Responsibility Week is held early on in the year in order to kick-start a year-long commitment to increasing awareness of sexual health. The student-friendly campaign focuses on promoting sexual responsibility on-campus with this year's theme 'sexology 101' cleverly alluding to the academic. Intending to educate on every topic from relationships to safe sex to STD testing, the week-long campaign is tailored differently for each campus, and is a great way to start the New Year focusing on sexual responsibility.
National Condom Day
February 14th is widely celebrated as being all about Saint Valentine and romance. Each year however, the 14th or a date close to it has become known as National Condom Day. This time of year was chosen as it was believed that a day when people could easily be overcome with passion was a good day to remind them to be careful. Whilst many of the other STD diary dates focus on general sexual health awareness, National Condom Day aims to reach its audience before pregnancy or STD testing is required, urging people to be passionate... about prevention.
National STDs/Family Planning Awareness Month
Far from being an April fools, the National STDs/Family Planning Awareness Month is nationally observed, aiming to encourage people to learn more about the risks of having unprotected sex. Throughout April, paraphernalia related to the event is distributed in workplaces, retail outlets and other businesses in order to spread awareness about the risks of STDs and pregnancy. The campaign also aims to educate people on options such as STD testing that are available to them if they have had unsafe sex.
National HIV Testing Day (NHTD)
Held on the 27th June by the National Association of People with Aids, National HIV Testing Day focuses on encouraging people to go for HIV and STD testing. According to statistics on the NHTD site, someone is infected with HIV every nine and a half minutes in the United States - a terrifying statistic. This annual event is held in order to urge people of any age, gender and sexual orientation to go out and take a test, as it is always better to be safe than sorry.
World Aids Day
Observed on an international scale, World Aids Day is held on the 1st December each year and aims to educate people about HIV, and limit prejudice towards those who have the infection. Run by the National AIDS Trust who aim to transform society's views towards those carrying HIV, the day sees people the world over sporting red ribbons to show their support.
Whether it is an event that aims to educate society about safe sex and family planning, or a campaign to promote sexual health and STD testing, these are dates that are well worth marking in your diary.
Artice Source: http://www.articlesphere.com
Related Articles in AIDS STD
People interested in the above article are also interested in the related articles listed below:
By reading more about immune system facts, there'll be a better understanding of how the immune system works. It can also open our eyes to one of the most dreaded diseases in the world which can destroy it, HIV. The immune system is our body's warrior against harmful substances. It is more efficient than the strongest armies in the world and it is one of the life-giving systems in our body. When it malfunctions, it can lead to imminent death. For this reason, HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) - the onset of AIDS (Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome) has become one of the most serious issues that increased the mortality rate of the world's population today.
A confidential HIV test might seem like one of the scariest things you can imagine. But smile, grit your teeth and go right ahead as there are many things in life that are much more scary. We look at just 3 of the things that are much scarier than a confidential HIV test.
We've all heard the saying 'Ignorance is bliss', but when it comes to our health, nothing could be further from the truth. If we don't know that there is a problem, then we can't fix it, and if we don't fix it, most times it will simply get worse and cause us even greater pain and suffering. When it comes to Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), it is not just ourselves who suffer as a result of ignorance or lack of action, but those that we come into intimate contact with too, and that is why taking a confidential HIV test is vitally important if there is even the smallest chance that you might have been exposed to any risk.
in AIDS STD