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PPGNW Will Offer Free STD Testing on April 30th at Boise and Twin Falls Health Centers

Free testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea on Monday -- 11-7pm in Boise and noon to 6 pm in Twin Falls

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Kristen Glundberg-Prossor
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Kristen.glundberg-prossor@ppgnw.org


Published: | Updated: 04.23.12

(Boise) — The fourth annual GYT: Get Yourself Tested campaign rolls on across Idaho.  GYT is a national campaign supported by a broad coalition of partners, including: Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest (PPGNW,) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kaiser Family Foundation and MTV.  The campaign is designed to address the high rates of STDs among those under 25. 

During the month of April, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest has been talking about the testing and treatment of STDs in support of GYT.  In addition, PPGNW will end the month by offering a free day of testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea on Monday, April 30, 2012, at its health centers in Boise and Twin Falls.  Planned Parenthood health centers offer affordable STD testing throughout the year, and they welcome patients of every background.  

 “STDs often have no symptoms, so many people who are infected don't know it.  Getting tested is simply a basic part of staying healthy,” said Rebecca Poedy, Chief Administrative Officer of PPGNW.  “Lack of information, misconceptions, or social stigma can keep many young people from getting tested for STDs, but people should know that testing is easier than ever before.  Planned Parenthood is here to help people get tested and stay healthy.”

GYT public service messages air throughout the year on MTV channels with cross promotions with health centers and community organizations.  Extensive information resources — including a dedicated website (www.GYTnow.org), which provides basic information about common STDs, talking tips, and a zip code locator to find local testing locations — as well as a mobile testing locator, GYTNOW (498669) — provide the audience with more information. 


“GYT is about taking control of your sex life – by getting tested and talking openly about it.  Getting tested is easier than ever before.  Don’t wait for your partner to start the conversation – take charge!  By talking about sex you are showing that you care about each other,” said Josie Evans-Graham, PPGNW Education Manager.

The free day of testing in Boise and Twin Falls will be Monday, April 30th.  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 www.ppgnw.org/appt

The Boise Health Center is located at 3668 N. Harbor Lane and will be open from 11 AM to 7 PM.  The Twin Falls Health Center is located at 200 Second Avenue North and will be open between Noon and 6 PM.

GYT launched in 2009 as an extension of a longstanding public information partnership between MTV and the Kaiser Family Foundation. It is supported by a broad range of organizations including the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD), American College Health Association (ACHA), American Social Health Association (ASHA), the National Chlamydia Coalition (NCC), the CDC, and various state and local health departments, colleges and universities, and other community groups and non-profits. Gilead Sciences, Inc. provides support and resources for select elements of the campaign. CDC provided assistance to ensure scientific accuracy of GYT health information. Comprehensive informational resources — designed for Web and mobile applications — provide facts and referrals to local health centers. For more information visit www.GYTNOW.org or www.ppgnw.org .

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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 27 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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