FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2015
Contact: Carrie Mumah, [email protected] or 212-274-7294
NYC Elected Officials Team Up with Planned Parenthood of NYC to Encourage New Yorkers to "Get Yourself Tested"
During National "GYT: Get Yourself Tested" Month, Elected Officials Join Citywide Outreach Events with Mobile Medical Unit Testing
NEW YORK, NY — Elected officials in NYC are joining Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) staff and activists this month to hand out safer sex kits for national Get Yourself Tested (GYT) Month. At outreach events in their districts, elected officials will help distribute materials and encourage their constituents to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). One event will also offer on-the-spot STD testing in PPNYC's Keith Haring Foundation - Project Street Beat Mobile Medical Unit.
“We're thrilled to have local elected officials join us in letting New Yorkers know that getting tested is a basic part of staying healthy,” said Joan Malin, Planned Parenthood of New York City President and CEO. “At Planned Parenthood of New York City, we’re proud to offer affordable STD testing and treatment, and sex education and information, to help ensure that young people stay healthy and safe.”
GYT promotes sexual health and addresses the disproportionately high rates of sexually transmitted diseases—including HIV, Chlamydia, and gonorrhea—among young people under 25. In New York City, females ages 15 to 19 have the highest rate of gonorrhea and Chlamydia, compared with other age groups. Among males, those ages 20 to 24 have the highest rates of gonorrhea and Chlamydia. Far more HIV diagnoses in New York City are among those ages 20 to 29 than in any other age group.
“The good news is that nearly all STDs, including HIV, are treatable and many are curable,” said Malin “The sooner you know your status, the sooner you can get treated and avoid any serious health problems that can result from untreated STDs.”
Get Yourself Tested Outreach Event Details:
Outreach with Council Member Ritchie Torres
Friday, April 17, 5:30 - 6 p.m.
Outreach with Council Member Corey Johnson
Monday, April 20, 5:30 - 6 p.m.
West Village, Christopher Street - Sheridan Sq 1 train stop
Outreach with Council Member Annabel Palma
Wednesday, April 22, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Bronx, Parkchester, 6 train stop (Westchester Ave. and Metropolitan Ave.)
Outreach with Council Member Mark Levine
Thursday, April 23, 6 - 7 p.m.
181st St. and Broadway
Outreach with Council Member Robert Cornegy
Featuring Project Street Beat Mobile Medical Unit On-Site STD Testing
Monday, April 27, 11 a.m. - Noon
Bed-Stuy, Restoration Plaza
Outreach with Senator Diane Savino
Thursday, April 30, 6 - 7 p.m.
Staten Island Ferry
Planned Parenthood of New York City activists will be distributing safer sex kits and testing information at additional outreach events throughout the city through the end of April.
For an interview with a spokesperson or to attend an outreach event, contact Carrie Mumah at [email protected] or 212-274-7294.
About Get Yourself Tested (GYT):
Responding to the fact that young people account for half of the 20 million new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) occurring in the U.S. each year—and most don’t know they are infected—the GYT campaign is a youthful, empowering social movement to encourage young people to get tested and treated, as needed, for STDs, including HIV. GYT increases awareness about STDs and how to prevent them, links young people to STD testing services, and promotes a more open dialogue with partners and health care providers.
GYT encourages testing for STDs, including HIV, as recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and empowers young people to have an open dialogue about STDs.
GYT was launched in April 2009 as an ongoing promotion under It’s Your (Sex) Life, a long-standing public information partnership of MTV and the Kaiser Family Foundation. Supporting partners of GYT include: American College Health Association (ACHA), Kaiser Family Foundation, National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD), MTV, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Technical consultation is provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been an advocate for and provider of reproductive health services and education for New Yorkers. Serving nearly 50,000 clients annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island offer reproductive health services, including gynecological care, contraception, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and HIV testing and counseling. 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—and, in fact, people around the world—will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.
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