North Carolina is launching a new campaign to raise awareness about sexual health. 

The Take Pride Now initiative is designed to educate residents about safer sex practices, with a focus on how to avoid and manage sexually transmitted infections (STIs). 

The campaign urges people to take part in safer sex practices, and prioritize sexual health by getting tested regularly for STIs and vaccinated against mpox, formerly known as monkeypox. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has launched the Take Pride Now campaign in advance of Pride Month, which takes place in June. 

Officials say the country is seeing a resurgence of mpox cases and would like to see more North Carolinians vaccinated against the disease.

There have been 708 mpox cases statewide through the end of April, with the majority of infections among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. 

There is more information about getting tested and treated on the NCDHHS website

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