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Get Yourself Tested. Get Yourself Treated. Keep Yourself Healthy.
NEW YORK— April is Get Yourself Tested Month, a nationwide movement to get tested for STDs! All month long, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) will be encouraging New Yorkers to join this movement and talk with their partners about safer sex and STDs, get tested, and get treated as part of empowered, healthy sexuality.
“Everyone deserves a healthy and pleasurable sex life,” said Laura McQuade, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City. “Getting comfortable talking with your partners about STDs, getting tested, and staying safe are all integral parts of having a smart, empowered, and healthy sex life. Most STD tests are quick, simple, and painless, and getting tested is completely confidential.”
Data from NYC’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene tells us how important it is to get tested. From 2015 to 2016, New York City’s syphilis rate shot up 27 percent, according to the Department of Health. During that same period, the gonorrhea rate rose by 13 percent, and the chlamydia rate by 6 percent. Young people under 25 make up half of all STD rates, and communities with structural barriers to care, including gay and bisexual men, Black women, and transgender people, are disproportionately affected by HIV.
“Planned Parenthood of New York City is here to help you stay safe and healthy, and we’re proud to be part of the nationwide GYT effort,” added McQuade. “We offer STD prevention options, testing, treatment, education, and information to help New Yorkers take charge of their sexual health. ”
Planned Parenthood of New York City is a leader in STD testing and treatment and one of the city’s leading HIV testing providers. Each year, PPNYC provides 105,000 STD tests and treatment and 32,000 HIV tests.
Our doors are open to everyone—regardless of race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, country of origin, faith, income, and immigrant or refugee status, or to those who may otherwise have nowhere else to turn for health care.
Throughout GYT, PPNYC will be distributing free safer sex kits with information on testing throughout NYC. Follow @PPNYCAction for dates and locations.
Planned Parenthood has also designed a video series to guide people on how to talk with a partner about safer sex, STD testing, and disclosing an STD.
To make an appointment at one of our five health centers, or to find more information about STDs, visit ppnyc.org.
Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been an advocate for and provider of sexual and reproductive health services and education for New Yorkers. Providing more than 100,000 patient visits annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island offer sexual and reproductive health services, including gynecological care, birth control, cancer screening, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV prevention, testing and counseling, transgender hormone therapy and vasectomy. Through a threefold mission of clinical services, education, and advocacy, PPNYC brings better health and more fulfilling lives to each new generation of New Yorkers. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPNYC supports legislation and policies to ensure that all New Yorkers will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.