Local Health Department Uses Holiday Theme to Warn of an ‘Unwanted Present’

You might not want one of these presents.

You might not want one of these presents. Shutterstock

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“On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … a brand new STD.”

Holidays throughout the year provide many opportunities for government agencies to find cute and clever ways to craft messages that will capture the attention of constituents.

In Green Bay, Wisconsin, Brown County Health and Human Services’ public health division recently shared an important reminder on Facebook for those planning on being “jolly” this holiday season: Avoid the “unwanted present” of a sexually transmitted infection by using a condom.

Using the “Twelve Days of Christmas” as a theme, the department notes that on “the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me … a brand new STD.” With the second day of Christmas comes HPV, or the human papillomavirus. The third day involves an undesirable symptom that rhymes with STD and HPV.

(via Brown County WI Division of Public Health / Facebook)

Thankfully, this holiday-themed sex ed lesson only involves three days of unwanted Christmas gifts—one can only imagine what would come on the 12th day.

And if you’ve “already had some holiday fun” in the Green Bay area, Brown County’s public health division offers a link to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention portal that can show you where you can get tested for STIs locally and around the nation.

Michael Grass is Executive Editor of Route Fifty and is based in Seattle.

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