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STD 101: What You Need to Know


Take this easy-to-follow course to learn the basics of STDs. Suitable for community health workers and anyone who needs a refresher on chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, syphilis, herpes, HPV, and HIV.

About this Independent Study

This activity was originally released in June 2017. Reviewed/updated May 2019. Once registered, you must complete the course within 150 days, or you will be deactivated. To be reactivated, contact us.

Sexually transmitted diseases are very common in the United States, yet many staff new to healthcare do not have a good understanding about the different causes and treatments. This interactive, easy to understand course offers an overview on the most common STDs: chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, syphilis, herpes, HPV, and HIV.

Who Should Take This Course

This one hour online, self-paced course is designed for community health workers and community outreach/education staff. Other staff who need a primer in sexually transmitted diseases will also benefit.


By the end of this online training, participants will:

  • Know more about common STDs
  • Find out what happens when STDs are not treated and/or cured
  • Learn what to do if someone thinks they may have a STD
  • Learn how to help the community lower its risk for STDs

Continuing Education 

Continuing Education for Community Health Workers (CHW)

Texas community health workers (CHWs) can apply for 1.0 hours of continuing CHW education.

Cardea Services is an approved provider of continuing education credits by: The Texas Department of State Health Services.

Here is the course outline:

1. STD 101 Content

1 hr

Learn the symptoms, prevention, and treatment options for the most common STDs in the U.S.

2. Certificate

Complete the anonymous evaluation, answer continuing education related questions, and select a certificate.


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Community Health Worker (CHW) TX
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