The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) in collaboration with the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors and the National Coalition of STD Directors launched the Know the Facts First (KTFF) campaign to address the unacceptably high levels of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among teens.
KTFF is a national public health awareness campaign designed to provide teen girls, ages 13-19, with accurate information about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and STD prevention so that they can make informed decisions about sexual activity.
About 1 in 4 teens has an STI according to a 2009 study published in Pediactrics
KTFF was developed in response to the 2010 National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) that evidence-based social marketing and education campaigns should be used to reduce the incidence of HIV; and age-appropriate HIV and STI prevention education for all Americans be promoted.
According to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reported cases of all three nationally notifiable STIs – chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis – have increased for the first time since 2006. Despite being a relatively small portion of the sexually active population, people between the ages of 15 and 24 accounted for the highest rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea and almost two-thirds of all reported cases.
The campaign is featured on Girlshealth.gov
The KTFF page features include: a testing center locator tool, marketing materials and a 30 second campaign video. Peer educators will find the information and materials useful as they attend events addressing the issue of teen STIs prevention