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RUNNING HEAD: SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES PHE-340-Q3401 Social and Behavioral Health 19EW35-2 Final Project Milestone Four: Draft of Recommendations and Reflection1
RUNNING HEAD: SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES The prevalence of STDs is increased by social factors like poverty, lack of education and social inequality. Community based STD intervention programs have great potential for addressing the social factors that contribute to the rise of STDs. “The mission of the Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is to provide national leadership, research, policy development, and scientific information to help people live safer, healthier lives by the prevention of STDs and their complications.” (CDC, 2018)One wayto contribute to decreasing STDs is by targeting specific high risk groups such as adolescents in poor areas. The program interventions need to address the main determinants of STDs and implement activities that focus on educating ways to keep adolescence safe from STDs. Where the programs are held is important, for example in schools and health and community health centers. Schools can directly have a significant impact on what they learn about safe sex practices and STDs. The CDC has developed a community approach program to reduce STDs, it is called Community Approaches to Reducing Sexually Transmitted Diseases (CARS). “CARS projects