Two of our favorite Parks & Rec (pour one out) stars shot a very quick and funny reminder that April is Get Yourself Tested (GYT) Month. So, with six days left, the countdown is on. (Not that you can’t also get tested in May. But seriously, go!)
Regardless of race, gender identity, sexuality, or finances, you can turn to Planned Parenthood by providing affordable, accessible health care. In fact, each year, they provide nearly 4.5 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.
In the name of being educated about why you should GYT this month, here are three facts about STDs, courtesy of Planned Parenthood. The more you know…
- STDs impact young people the hardest. There will be an estimated 20 million new sexually transmitted infections this year, half in people under 25 — even though they represent only a quarter of people having sex.
- If not treated, STDs can lead to serious health problems. Untreated STDs like chlamydia, although easy to cure, make it difficult for about 24,000 women to get pregnant each year.
- The good news is that all STDs, even HIV, are treatable and most are curable. Early treatment can help prevent serious, lifelong health problems that can result from untreated STDs.