The Get Yourself Tested (GYT) campaign helps young people understand that getting tested and treated for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is quick and easy! GYT also educates about the many ways one can protect themselves against STIs, such as talking openly with partners and healthcare providers about sexual partners and types of sex they have had, using condoms correctly, and reducing the number of sexual partners.
For those who are sexually active, getting tested for STIs is one of the most important things a person can do to protect their health. When someone tests positive for an STI, they should seek treatment right away – and inform their current and past partner(s) so these individuals can get tested and treated as well. GYT aims to reduce the shame associated with testing positive, and teaches that STIs are more common than most people think. In fact, it is estimated that young people ages 15-24 account for half of all new STIs each year. The good news? All STIs can be prevented and treated, and most can be cured! Of course, the only guaranteed way to know if you have an STI is to Get Yourself Tested.
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