GYT: Get Yourself Tested Campaign
The GYT: Get Yourself Tested campaign is a youthful, empowering social movement to encourage young people to get tested and treated, as needed, for STDs and HIV. The campaign is a partnership between the American College Health Association, Kaiser Family Foundation, National Coalition of STD Directors, MTV, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Technical consultation for GYT is provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
GYT increases awareness about STDs and how to prevent them, links young people to STD testing services, and promotes a more open dialogue with partners and health care providers. After all, sexually active young people account for half of the 20 million new STDs occurring in the U.S. each year – and most don't know they are infected.
Although GYT is a national campaign, schools, community organizations, health care providers, and health departments across the country have adapted GYT to fit their local demographic and host testing and awareness events. Check out some of the GYT success stories.
Access GYT Materials to start spreading the word and organizing a GYT event in your area. The GYT Materials page offers a number of posters, flyers, buttons, and stickers that you can download and print to promote GYT in your clinics, on campus, and around the community.
Bringing GYT To Your College Campus
GYT has been successful in increasing STD awareness and testing on college campuses. In the Bringing GYT to Your Campus webinars (Webinar 1 and Webinar 2), college health professionals discuss easy steps for successfully implementing the GYT campaign on their campuses and share their lessons learned. These webinars help colleges and universities identify innovative strategies and tactics used to host a GYT STD/HIV testing event while engaging and empowering college students around the issues of STD testing and sexual health.
Even if you are not affiliated with a college or university, you may find these success stories applicable to your organization's implementation of GYT.
GYT Provider Resources
The GYT Provider Web site offers resources to help health care providers better serve younger patients. This site provides insight into what youth want to know about sexual health and STD testing, as well as resources for talking to patients about sexual history and STD testing, and GYT materials for clinics.
GYT created an interactive video experience for youth, intended to promote and normalize open communication with partners, peers, and providers about STDs and testing. Viewers navigate a party scene, in which they can play with objects in the room, listen in on conversations between friends and partners, and explore hidden surprises. The video is filled with talking tips, a quiz, and key information for starting a conversation about STDs and testing.