The Real Deal

The Real Deal: STDs and Testing

Finding what you love in life is what it’s all about. GYT wants you to embrace whatever drives you — maybe it’s music, sports, design, dance or writing — and use it for motivation to keep yourself healthy.

Part of knowing yourself and carving your own path in life is knowing your status. STDs are really common — 1 in 2 sexually active people will get an STD by the age of 25 — but most young people with an STD don’t even know they have it.

The real deal on STDs and testing is simple. If you have sex, use protection. Each and every time. Condoms are the only method that can help prevent STD infection so learn more about how to use them.

And if you decide to have sex, GYT — Get Yourself Tested. A lot of STDs don’t have any symptoms so getting tested is the only way to know for sure.

The good news is that ALL STDs are treatable and many are curable. But if you leave an STD untreated it’s easier to spread to others and there could be more serious health consequences down the road. You don’t have time to deal with that, you’ve got things to do! So Get Yourself Tested and find a testing center today.

You probably have a lot of questions about STDs and what to expect during an STD test and you can find answers here. Don’t forget, you have to ASK your doctor or nurse to be tested for STDs.

Open communication about STDs is crucial in any relationship, so TALK to your boyfriend/girlfriend/friends about getting tested. Starting this conversation might seem a little awkward, so GYT has tips on how to bring it up and what to say.

And if you do have an STD, take control and get treated. STDs don’t define you or what you can do in life. They are really common, but sometimes you can feel alone with an STD diagnosis. You’re not — find someone you trust, like a friend, parent or doctor to talk it out.

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