GYT Talking Tips

Why

In the United States, young people aged 15–24 years acquire half of all new STDs. Compared with older adults, sexually active adolescents aged 15–19 years and young adults aged 20–24 years are at higher risk of acquiring STDs for a combination of behavioral, biological, and cultural reasons. Many will not know they are infected because STDs often have no symptoms. The only way to know for sure if you have an STD is to GYT.

What

The GYT: Get Yourself Tested campaign is a youthful, empowering social movement to encourage young people to get tested and treated for STDs and 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.

Where

GYT is on-air, online, and mobile resource that you can access anywhere. On the ground, the campaign is promoted in health centers and other clinics, in communities, and on campuses across the country.

When

GYT can be promoted year round, or in April, which is STD Awareness Month. Special incentives and materials have been developed to encourage young people to visit their local health centers and clinics to get tested.

How

GYT! Get Yourself Tested. To find your local STD testing center, visit GetTested.cdc.gov. You can also help others live healthier and happier lives by spreading the word about GYT online or organizing a GYT event for your community or campus.