If you suspect you may have brought back more than just memories from Spring Break, it’s time to GYT — Get Yourself Tested — at Hartshorn Health Center. The process is simple and painless, and through April 15, available at a discount: The CSU Health Network is offering full-time health-fee-paying CSU students a test for the sexually transmitted diseases gonorrhea and chlamydia for $28.
Students have the option of scheduling a confidential appointment online through health.colostate.edu or simply going directly to Hartshorn Health Center on campus for a walk-in test.
“The GYT campaign encourages testing as an act of pride, not shame, and promotes a dialogue about STDs,” explained Gwen Sieving, manager of Outreach and Sexual Health Initiatives for the Health Network. “There are many effective ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat STDs, and early screening is vital to prevent serious health consequences and increased transmission.”
Young people aged 15 to 24 account for almost half of the approximately 19 million new sexually transmitted infections that occur every year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. STDs such as chlamydia and gonorrhea are major causes of infertility among women and can increase the risk of HIV transmission for both women and men. STDs cost the United States’ health care system as much as $17 billion annually.
The GYT campaign is designed to get CSU students talking about the topic of STD prevention and treatment as well as taking responsibility for their own health, Sieving added.
More information about STDs and how to GYT at Hartshorn is available at the CSU Health Network website, health.colostate.edu; you can also schedule an appointment by calling 970-491-7121.