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Are you active on Facebook? Twitter? Pinterest? In the blogosphere? Then you can be part of the movement to improve sexual health!
We hear it all the time – people today want to do something to create positive change in the world, but they’re unsure about how to get started. You have influence in the world around you, and you can use your social media presence to make a real difference.
Sexual health is at the center of a growing movement to make life better for people everywhere. For too long this has been a taboo topic. People were afraid to talk about sex and about sexual health. The ASHA Ambassador program is a positive way to change that.
It starts with one post, one tweet, one pin at a time.
What is an ASHA Ambassador?
ASHA ambassadors are people who are unafraid to speak sexual health.
Social media is everywhere, and it’s a powerful tool in the fight for improved sexual health. ASHA Ambassadors leverage social media and so get people talking about sexual health, to break the taboos. More openness and conversation impacts people’s lives!
Each ASHA Ambassador is part of a wider network of people, all with the goal to bring the topic of sexual health front and center.
Being an ASHA Ambassador is EASY
As an ASHA Ambassador, you’ll educate people about sexual health with the support of the ASHA database of knowledge. There are no set requirements for you, and it’s easy to do! You can make a difference simply by tweeting, posting pics, sharing and liking posts, or even creating content for our blog.
The more you like, comment, share, and create, the more people you’ll impact. Social media works! Together we can make it work for something good. Joining the ASHA Ambassador team is simple and easy. Sign Up Today! Click here to join, and start making a difference right now!
Use the hashtag #ispeakforsexualhealth everytime you post.
We know you care about your sexual health and the sexual health of others, which is why we’d like you to be an AWESOME ASHA Ambassador. You can help your friends and family, and even touch the wider world beyond. Help others learn what they need to know to be sexually healthy and you’ll be making a difference. They’ll trust you which makes a big difference.
What ASHA Ambassadors do
You can make being an Ambassador your own – it’s something that you have a part in creating! Here are some ideas to get you started:
Blogs – you can post one or two blog posts related to sexual health a month
Twitter – tweet a sexual health tweet once or twice a week or retweet an ASHA tweet
Facebook – post about sexual health with a link to ASHA once a week
Instagram – share a pic about sexual health once a week
Snapchat – Snap about sexual health!
Wherever you are on social media, you can use your influence to improve sexual health as an ASHA Ambassador!
Why you should become a sexual health ASHA Ambassador
First and foremost, we do it because we believe in the importance of promoting sexual health. But there are also some major perks:
We’ll promote you on the ASHA website
You’ll get the title of official ASHA Ambassador
Tons of incentives and discounts
Mentorship from ASHA’s awesome staff
Membership in an elite community of sexual health pioneers
The feeling of taking action for change!
Join the sexual health revolution
Most of us don’t realize how powerful we are, how much influence we hold. Now is the time for you to embrace the power that you have and to make a positive change in the lives of real people.
To start making a positive change today, join the ASHA Ambassador team. It is simple and easy. Don’t wait! Click here to join today and start making a difference!
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Estimating how many sexually transmitted infection (STI) cases occur is not a simple task. First, most STIs can be “silent,” with no noticeable symptoms. These asymptomatic infections can be diagnosed only through testing. Unfortunately, routine screening programs are not widespread, and social stigma and lack of public awareness gets in the way of discussions between healthcare providers and patients about STI risk and the need for testing. Even from estimates, however, what is clear from the statistics about STIs in the U.S. is that young people bear a large portion of the STI burden. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Half of all STIs occur in people 25 years of age or younger.
One in four new STI cases occur in teenagers.
Young people (age 15-24) have five times the reported rate of chlamydia of the total population, four times the rate of gonorrhea and three times the rate of syphilis.
In 2006, an estimated 5,259 young people aged 13-24 in the 33 states reporting to CDC were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, representing about 14% of the persons diagnosed that year.
The only way to know if you have an STI is to get tested. Enter your zip code in the box below to find a testing site near you.