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New campaign seeks to lower sexually transmitted diseases in Sacramento County

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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 12:00 am

Sacramento County Public Health has launched a new sexually transmitted disease campaign called “Don’t Think. Know.

The campaign is designed to address the high STD rate in Sacramento County, specifically focusing on gonorrhea and chlamydia. The campaign targets women ages 15 to 24 who do not have access to a primary care doctor.

The program allows consumers to test for STDs in the privacy and comfort of their own home. Test kits are free and come through the mail in a non-descript mail package. They include a pre-paid, pre-addressed return pouch to send the test kit to the lab.

To get tested:

1. Go to sacramento.dontthinkknow.org, set up a user name and password, and order the free test kit. The test kit should arrive in the mail within 3 to 5 business days. Women who are unable to receive the kits by mail can pick one up at the project office.

2. Follow test kit instructions to properly swab a test sample. Then put test swab and tube in the pre-paid and pre-addressed envelope provided.

3. Consumers will receive an email when their test results are ready. To access the confidential test results, login using the username and password.

Officials say this new program, along with the addition of an STD expert to the Division of Public Health, is the first step in reducing the STD rate in Sacramento County. For more information, visit the “Don’t Think. Know.” campaign website.

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