Get Yourself Tested
The fourth annual GYT: Get Yourself Tested campaign kicks off National STI Awareness Month (April) with new initiatives on-air, online, and on the ground at college campuses and in more than 5,000 health centers across the nation. GYT is a national campaign supported by a broad coalition of partners, including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, designed to address the high rates of STDs among those under 25.
During the month of April, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS) will promote STI Awareness throughout the region.
- Community Engagement: We will mark the importance of this month through our activities in the communities we serve including public education events on April 9th at PPMNS’ new headquarters in Saint Paul and free STI testing on April 23rd from 10am to 1pm at Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, MN.
- Testing and Treatment: We offer low to no-cost STI screenings at each of our 20 clinics across the region. Whether you have private insurance, public insurance or need no-cost services, our doors are open to everyone. Click here to find a location near you.
- Information: We offer information and education through our on-line Your Health Matters Campaign.
STIs among Youth
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “even though young people aged 15–24 years represent only 25% of the sexually experienced population, they acquire nearly half of all new STIs.”
- Young people in the age range of 15–24 are at a higher risk of contracting an STI than older adults.
- Rates of reported chlamydia and gonorrhea among persons aged 15–24 continue to increase.
- In 2010, young people aged 20–24 had the highest number and rate of HIV diagnoses of any age group.
STIs in Minnesota
More than 94% of Planned Parenthood’s 64,000 patients are women, the majority of whom are young adults. This population - female patients aged 26 and younger - are at the greatest risk of acquiring an STI. Planned Parenthood currently administers more than 60,000 STI tests annually, including HIV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and HPV, among others. Untreated STIs significantly increase the risk of acquiring HIV. Planned Parenthood also provides reproductive health education programming with a focus on reducing STIs, HIV, and unintended pregnancies.
In April, the Minnesota Department of Health will release new STI data for the state. Watch here for analysis and an updated STI Report from PPMNS.
- PPMNS Fact Sheet: Your Health Matters - Chlamydia (2011)
- Minnesota Department of Health: HIV Surveillance Report 2010 (2011 data will be released on April 30, 2012)
HPV and Cervical Cancer
- PPMNS Report: Preventing Cervical Cancer in Minnesota (Updated January 2012)
- PPMNS Book Reviews for books about HPV and Cervical Cancer
- Hear from Planned Parenthood’s clinicians about HPV and Cervical Cancer:
- PPMNS Video: Preventing Cervical Cancer
- PPMNS Video: What’s it Like to Get the HPV Vaccine and Why Is It Important?
- PPMNS Report: Sexually Transmitted Infections in Minnesota 2010 (Watch for updated report here.)