Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest Will Offer Free STD Testing on April 22 and 23

April is STD Awareness Month: “Get Yourself Tested”


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Published: | Updated: 04.18.13

Seattle – The fifth annual GYT: Get Yourself Tested campaign is rolling across the Northwest during April (National STD Awareness Month) with online and on-the-ground initiatives aimed at getting young people tested.  GYT is a national campaign designed to promote sexual health and address the high rates of STDs among those under 25.

During the month of April, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest has been promoting the testing and treatment of STDs in support of GYT.  In addition, PPGNW will offer two free days of testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea on Monday, April 22 and Tuesday April 23, at its health centers in Western Washington, Idaho and Alaska.  Planned Parenthood health centers offer affordable STD testing throughout the year, and they welcome patients of every background.   

 “Getting tested is simply a basic part of staying healthy and taking control of your sex life.  Many STDs cause no symptoms, so the only way to know your status for sure is to get tested,” said Dr. Kara Cadwallader, Senior Medical Director at PPGNW. “We know that when not treated, STDs can increase the risk of infertility and cervical cancer – but that virtually all STDs, including HIV, are treatable and many are curable.  The sooner you know your status, the sooner you can get treated.”

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that sexually transmitted infections are on the rise in the United States, especially among young people.  There are now about 20 million new infections in the United States each year, half among the under 25 age group – even though they represent only 25 percent of the sexually experienced population.
Last year Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest provided over 66,000 Chlamydia and Gonorrhea tests for our clients.  “Getting tested is easier than ever before,” said Dr. Cadwallader.  “And, once you know your status, you can take action to stay healthy and protect yourself against future STDs.  We want everyone – men, women, and young people – to lead the healthiest lives possible."

The free days of testing at PPGNW Health Centers will be Monday, April 22nd and Tuesday, April 23rd.  Appointments will be accepted or clients can walk in to be tested.  To make an appointment, please call 800-230-PLAN (7526) or log on at for the health center nearest you.

The award-winning GYT campaign focuses on getting sexually active Americans under age 25 to embrace STD testing as part of a healthy, productive life.  Launched in 2009 by a partnership between MTV, the Kaiser Family Foundation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the CDC, it is supported by a broad range of organizations, state and local health departments, colleges and universities, and other community groups and non-profits.  GYT public service messages air through the year on MTV channels with cross promotions with health centers and community organizations.  Extensive information resources, including a dedicated website (, provide information about common STDs, talking tips, and a zip code locator to find local testing locations.


Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is the region’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. We believe everyone has the right to choose when or whether to have a child, and that every child should be wanted and loved. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest operates 28 health centers in Alaska, Idaho, and western Washington, providing medical services and sexuality education for thousands of women, men, and teenagers each year. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization.  We rely heavily on support from donors to help sustain responsible reproduction.

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