Resources for Schools
Studies show that adolescents are at very high risk for STD infection. Female teenagers are more susceptible to STDs due to having an immature cervix, a condition known as ectopy. As a result, there are high rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea among this population. Other reasons for the high prevalence of STDs among teenagers include, but are not limited to, lack of information, lack of insurance or other ability to pay for services, transportation issues, discomfort with facilities, concerns about confidentiality, unprotected intercourse, and substance use.
School-based programs that incorporate STD education into their curriculum help increase STD awareness among students. The STD Program offers several resources to schools to help with their STD education and prevention efforts. Resources include general STD information, technical assistance in the form of curriculum and presentation development, staff trainings, presentations for students, free literature, audiovisual materials, free condoms for individuals and schools, and more.
We also offer free materials, including posters, postcards, palmcards, and other materials related to our "I Know" Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing social marketing campaign. Call 213-744-3085 for more information.
Links and Resources
California DHS STD Control Branch
Prevention Training Center for staff and teachers.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Comprehensive STD information
Youth Health Education Program
City of Long Beach, Department of Health and Human Services
- Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)
For information on free and low cost STD testing and treatment services in Los Angeles County, call the STD Hotline at 1-800-758-0880 or visit our STD Testing & Services section.