GYT: Get Yourself Tested Campaign
The GYT: Get Yourself Tested campaign is a youthful, empowering social movement to encourage young people to get tested and treated, as needed, for STDs and HIV. The campaign is a partnership between the American College Health Association, Kaiser Family Foundation, National Coalition of STD Directors, MTV, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Technical consultation for GYT is provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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. After all, sexually active young people account for half of the 20 million new STDs occurring in the U.S. each year – and most don't know they are infected.
Although GYT is a national campaign, schools, community organizations, health care providers, and health departments across the country have adapted GYT to fit their local demographic and host testing and awareness events. Check out some of the GYT success stories.
Order free GYT Materials or download and print GYT materials to start spreading the word and organizing a GYT event in your area. GYT partners have made available a number of posters, flyers, buttons, and stickers that you can use to promote GYT in your clinics, on campus, and around the community.
GYT Provider Resources
The GYT Providers section offers resources to help health care providers better serve younger patients. This site provides insight into what youth want to know about sexual health and STD testing, as well as resources for talking to patients about sexual history and STD testing, and GYT materials for clinics.