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April 3, 2013

GYT looksIt’s April again, and you know what that means! No, not baseball season, no not the Final Four. No, I’m not talking about springtime (obviously, since its 30 degrees out today). I’m talking about GYT!

April is STD Awareness Month, and for the past four years Planned Parenthood has teamed up with MTV, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the GYT (Get Yourself Tested) campaign. The purpose of GYT is to promote STD testing and provide young people with the information, education, and services they need to take control of their sexual and reproductive health.

April Fools Day is over – these facts are no joke:

  • 1 in 2 sexually active young people will contract an STD by the age of 25. Most won’t know it.
  • Half of all new STIs in this country occur among youth ages 15-24
  • There are now an estimated 20 million new sexually transmitted infections per year, an increase from the CDC’s previous estimate of 19 million per year

With numbers like that, it seems clear that it’s time to start talking. GYT isn’t just about getting yourself tested, but also about getting yourself talking. Do you know how STDs are spread? Do you know that they are all treatable and many are curable? Do you know how easy it is to get an STD test – and do you know where you can go for one? Have you spoken to your partner about STDs? It’s easy to forget that you can’t tell if someone has an STD just by looking at them.

The good news is: we’ve got answers for you. The GYT website is chock full of info – not just about STDs and testing, but pregnancy prevention and healthy relationships too, which are both important aspects to your healthy sex life. You can even find where your closest testing center is, or see what Talib Kweli has to say (he’s a member of Team GYT, along with Perez Hilton and many more).

What are you waiting for? Head over to to learn more, and then GYT!


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