ANTHC HIV/STD Prevention 
Program Newsletter
April 2019
Hello! Camai! Wáa sá iyatée! 
"Have Patience: Some Things Cannot Be Rushed." -Universal Alaska Native Value 
April is STD Awareness Month 

Every April the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes STD Awareness Month. #STDMonth is an opportunity to share and learn about what STDs are and how they impact our lives. It's important to prevent, test for, and treat STDs. Since 2013, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis 
have all increased in the United States. With STDs on the rise, the health impact associated with STDs also increases. For example, as a result of increased STDs, more babies are born with syphilis, there is an increased risk of infertility, and increased risk of giving or getting HIV

"Cooperation" is a traditional Iñupiaq cultural value. Providers/Community Health Aides (CHA) can help prevent STDs and the health problems associated with STDs by listening and having open, honest conversations with their patients. Talk. Test. Treat. is one campaign to help support providers and individuals on taking specific actions to protect health. We at IKM encourage you to access resources and trainings available to help inform and support your work. Four campaigns are available around #STDMonth to help support STD Awareness and prevention in our communities. Access the campaigns
Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness Month 
"Respect for Others." -Yup'ik Cultural Value 

April is Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Local organizations individually sponsored events to recognize and educate communities around child abuse and sexual assault, including the University of Alaska Anchorage and Southcentral Foundation. Southcentral Foundation organized a Child Abuse and Sexual Assault commencement walk on the Alaska Native Health Campus, and weekly lunch-and-learn workshops which involved several organizations that serve communities in Alaska in sexual assault response, advocacy and education.

Awareness months provide a time and space to come together to educate ourselves and communities about important topics. However, there are always resources available to help support providers and community members in promoting safer environments and healthy communities. ANTHC has resources around relationships such as our relationship "safety cards," posters, a healthy relationship movie program, and more. Please see below for more resources. For resources from IKM contact us at info@iknowmine.org

Local and National Resources:

STD Federal Action Plan Listening Session, May 9

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) will host two listening sessions to gather public input to inform the development of a Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Federal Action Plan. The second listening session will take place on May 9, from 11 AM - 1 PM AK time. Register for the listening session.  
Clinical STD Update, May 10, Anchorage

The University of Washing (UW) STD Prevention Training Center is hosting the Clinical STD Update course on May 10 in Anchorage. Topics covered in the training include updates in Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Tribal Health and STDs, to name a few! Download the flyer. Access website for registration and payment info. For more info contact uwptc@uw.edu, or 206-685-9850. 
Alaska Syphilis Webinar Available - Free

The State of Alaska HIV/STD Program is pleased to offer the Alaska Syphilis Webinar. The webinar is free of charge and available on youtube. Access webinar recording




    • Order free condoms and at-home STD testing kits
    • Order free educational materials
    • Find answers to questions like: Can I catch an STD if I haven't had sex yet? My friend seems depressed--how can I help?

And find culturally and age appropriate sexual health curricula at www.healthynativeyouth.org.

For more information, contact Jaclynne Richards, ANTHC HIV/STD Prevention Program: (907) 729-2971, or  jkrichards@anthc.org.