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.
Making fun of the way the advertising industry depicts and targets women is pretty much low-hanging fruit at this point. Sending up the tired clichés and tropes of advertising to women has been done—everyone from SNL to Mitchell and Webb to Sarah Haskins to Amazon Bic For Her pen reviews have excelled at it. But that doesn’t make it any less awesome when funny, talented people lampoon typical lady commercials for lady things for ladies, and do it well. In this case, in a video for Yahoo!’s Sketchy series, Megan Amram and a cast of familiar and intentionally multicultural faces hawk a yogurt-birth control hybrid in "Dannon Birth Control on the Bottom."
The commercial features Amram, Retta (Parks & Recreation), Rosa Salazar (Parenthood, American Horror Story) and more skewering the typical commercial scene of women of many backgrounds chatting gleefully about girly things like yogurt and birth control. "My racially-diverse friends and I used to hang out all the time, laughing and talking about probiotic yogurt," Retta explains mid-spoonful.
The whole thing is almost hauntingly on-point, from the giggly forced commercial one-liners to the cut-scenes of the women getting foot massages and doing yoga. Balancing out the heavy satirical nature is a delightful sprinkling of weirdness, including Amram’s intense yogurt-eating faces and lines like "Thanks to Dannon, now I’m regular in terms of my regular period and my butt-period." "Weird Al" Yankovic makes an appearance as The Token Guy, leaving us with some uncomfortable facial expressions after he’s told he can’t have any yogurt. Watch.