eNews Park Forest (04.02.13)
Aids Weekly Plus
In concert with National STD Awareness Month, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America launched the fifth annual Get Yourself Tested (GYT) campaign April 1, to promote sexual health and lower STD incidence among people under 25 years of age. The GYT campaign—jointly sponsored by MTV, Kaiser Family Foundation, and Planned Parenthood—consists of online and on-the-ground initiatives, including more than 260 campus and youth events. GYT supporters include CDC, state and local health departments, colleges and universities, and other community and nonprofit organizations.
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards emphasized key messages of the campaign, including the facts that most sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, are treatable; almost all STDs are curable; and untreated STDs increase the risk of infertility and cervical cancer among women. Planned Parenthood’s goal is for young people to “get talking, get tested, and protect themselves” from STDs, and to live the healthiest life possible.
Although people under 25 comprise only 27 percent of the sexually active population in the United States, half of new STD infections occur among this group, according to CDC. During the 2011 GYT campaign, Planned Parenthood health centers tested more than 332,000 men and women for STIs. Planned Parenthood supplies low-cost STI testing year round and provides almost 4.5 million tests and treatments annually.
GYT information resources include a Web site (www.GYTnow.org) that provides information about common STDs, talking tips, and a ZIP code locator to find local testing. Individuals can find information about testing at local Planned Parenthood health centers from www.plannedparenthood.org.