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S = STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases). Literacy makes people 5x more likely to know how to prevent infections and seek medical help. Explore the Alphabet of Illiteracy

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Being able to read and write helps stop Gonorrhea, Chlamydia and AIDS. People who can't read or write are more likely to have an STD. Literacy makes people five times more likely to know how to prevent infections and seek medical help. Words are the key to helping stop STDs.

US National Library of Medicine (2001) / UNESCO (2014)

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There have been leaps forwards in stemming the spread of STDs with raised literacy levels and increased education. In Malawi, for example, pilot programs have shown that as basic education has increased, so has the interest and preserved importance of sex education. With similar pilots having also been run in Egypt, the early results seem promising, indicating that reading and writing can influence sexual health.

The spread of STDs can be greatly reduced through literacy.

Being able to read and write plays a huge part in the individual’s knowledge of diseases such as gonorrhoea, Chlamydia and AIDS as well as measures to prevent catching or spreading them.

Literate people are five times more likely to know how to prevent STDs and where to seek medical attention. The more literate a population is, the less prevalent these diseases will become.

The effects of STDs are felt all over the world, but there are also many charities and organizations using literacy to fight against them.

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The spread of STDs can be greatly reduced through literacy.
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