- Targeting core transmitters for prevention
and treatment services
- Changing social norms
- safer sexual behaviors
- condom use
The next series of slides will describe efforts to address
the global epidemic of STDs with various public health strategies.
These strategies are the most effective way to prevent STD infection.
After discussing these public health strategies, we will describe
activities to prevent and manage STDs at the individual program
level, focusing on FP/MCH programs.
One public health strategy is to identify people at particularly
high risk of transmitting STDs. These people, called core transmitters,
have high rates of infection and are most likely to transmit
STDs to numerous partners. Once identified, core transmitters
are then targeted for prevention and treatment services.
Other public health strategies include attempting to change
social norms to encourage safer sexual behavior, such as fidelity
to primary partners and abstinence. Condom use should also be
encouraged, since male condoms used consistently and correctly
provide the best protection against both bacterial and viral