Colorado State University’s Health Network is encouraging students to “Get Yourself Tested” by providing a 50 percent discount on select STD tests, specifically for gonorrhea and chlamydia, now through April 12.
Any full-time, health fee-paying student is eligible to receive this discount. Free syphilis testing is also available with a physician’s recommendation.
Approximately 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year in the United States, and almost half are among young people aged 15 to 24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Untreated STDs such as chlamydia and gonorrhea are major causes of infertility among women. These and other STDs can increase the risk of HIV transmission for both women and men. The CDC also is concerned that too many new infections go untreated as they present few to no symptoms.
The GYT campaign encourages testing as an act of pride – not shame – and promotes a dialogue about STDs.
C.R.E.W.S. (Creating Respect and Educating Wellness for and by Students) is a peer education organization sponsored by the CSU Health Network. Members will be on the Lory Student Center Plaza April 9-11 providing interactive, educational activities with giveaways to promote the GYT Campaign and testing, as well as helping students learn about safer sex practices.
STD screening and early diagnoses are vital to prevent serious health consequences and increased transmission. There are many effective ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat STDs.
More information about the GYT Campaign and STDs is available at health.colostate.edu.