Responding to the fact that one in two young people will get a sexually transmitted disease (STD) by age 25. and most won’t know it, the GYT campaign is a youthful, empowering social movement to reduce the spread of STDs among young people through information; open communication with partners, health care providers, and parents; and testing and treatment as needed.
For a generation accustomed to communicating in shorthand, the GYT acronym presents STD testing in a context that is familiar and relatable to young people. Through GYT’s presence on MTV Networks, the involvement of music and celebrity talent, and special promotions, GYT encourages testing as an act of pride, not shame and promotes an open dialogue about STDs by encouraging young people to spread the word about the campaign.
GYT is developed as part of It’s Your Sex Life, a longstanding public information partnership of MTV and the Kaiser Family Foundation, together with Planned Parenthood Federation of America and other national partners.
It’s Your Sex Life focuses on delaying and reducing sexual activity, talking openly about sexual health issues, using protection, and getting tested for HIV and other STDs. The partnership includes targeted public service ads, entertainment and other special programming, news segments, and free informational resources, including an extensive website: www.itsyoursexlife.com. It provides dynamic leadership that strengthens STD Programs by advocating for effective policies, strategies, and sufficient resources and by increasing awareness of the medical and social impact.
Protecting yourself when you are sexually active isn’t just about preventing pregnancy, it’s about keeping yourself healthy. STDs like Gonorrhea and Chlamydia don’t always have symptoms and HIV certainly doesn’t. So, if you are sexually active, make it part of your annual health check-up to get tested for STDs.
April is the perfect time to start this habit of good prevention! Planned Parenthood of Collier County will be offering FREE STD testing for students of any age (student ID card required) and $50 STD testing for all non-students on April 23 -9am-5pm. Call 239-262-0301 for more information.