ETR is excited to offer STI Facts, a refreshed and newly designed pamphlet that offers a great introduction on how to take care of your sexual health and prevent sexually transmitted infections. The pamphlet includes an easily accessible overview of 8 common sexually transmitted infections—folding out to a handy, comprehensive chart that makes the information easy to understand.
Sexual health educators have long relied on ETR's all-time best-selling STD Facts pamphlet. And we continue to offer this valuable resource! But for years there’s been a debate in the public health community over whether to use the term "STD" or "STI" in patient education materials. Some leading authoritative organizations continue to use STD, but many organizations have switched to using STI, or to using both terms. ETR is set to meet the need for resources that fit your own approach to sexual health education.
Our new STI Facts pamphlet uses "STI" interchangeably with "STD" and gives an indispensable overview of 8 common STDs: chlamydia, syphilis, herpes, gonorrhea, HPV/genital warts, hepatitis B, HIV/AIDS and trichomoniasis. We've taken care to reduce stigma around STIs and encourage people to protect themselves, get tested, and get treated. STI Facts:
- Answers basic questions about what an STI is and how common STIs are
- Explains there are often no symptoms but includes symptoms to watch for
- Encourages people to talk with their partners to protect themselves and reduce risk
- Emphasizes that all STIs are treatable and many are curable
- Discusses what happens if you don't get treated
- Features a handy, comprehensive fold-out chart
Many well-informed experts make absolutely no distinction between STI and STD. Others feel the distinctions are real and important.
For those who make a distinction, most would say STD describes a condition with visible signs and describable symptoms—a drip, an itch, a bump, fatigue. STI encompasses the broader spectrum of conditions both with and without symptoms.
Some educators contend that using STI would make it clear to everyone that sexually transmitted conditions often have no symptoms. It might also lessen the stigma people frequently feel about having these conditions, making them more amenable to testing and treatment.
However you choose to educate about STIs/STDs, STI Facts gives you a great foundation to start the conversation.