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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Thursday, July 01, 2004 at 11:07:34 AM

With funding from the Community Health Care Wausau Health Foundation, the UW Health Wausau Family Practice Center produced a 33-minute Hmong language video in 2003 to educate the Hmong community about sexually transmitted diseases, encouraging prevention and proper treatment. This program is suitable for adult audiences, as well as older youth in approved health education programs. Available as either a VHS cassette or CD-ROM, the program addresses the following questions:

  1. What is a sexually transmitted disease?
  2. Is there more than one sexually transmitted disease?
  3. Can I get more than one STD at a time?
  4. Can I get a STD more than once?
  5. How can I tell if I have a STD?
  6. Can all STDs be cured?
  7. How can I reduce my risk for getting a STD?
  8. Where can I get help if I think I might have a STD?

Infections covered include Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Herpes I and II, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Hepatitis B and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Graphic illustrations are used to show the effects of these infections. Some can be cured, while others can only be controlled. Since they can also affect partners and unborn children, prevention is the first goal. With proper treatment, complications can be avoided.

After viewing this video, members of the Hmong Health Steering Committee said that they felt well informed of the risks of unprotected sex. The program's message is clear: these infections are serious health issues! Prevention and prompt treatment are the best strategies for healthy families.

In addition to the Wausau Health Foundation, this program is supported by Wausau Family Practice, the Marathon County Health Department, the Hmong Health Education Network, and the Wausau Area Hmong Mutual Association (WAHMA).

Since this is an important health issue, we are distributing copies at cost. You may copy the program in its entirety for free educational distribution. For more information, see:

  • Order form on Hmong Health website
  • Hmong and English scripts on the website
  • Evaluation form in English & Hmong &emdash; please use as discussion guide and return as indicated

Thank you for your support of Hmong health education!

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