April is Get Yourself Tested Month
¬†The Douglas County Health Department wants you to know your status. ¬†The only way to do that is to get yourself tested.
April is Get Yourself Tested (GYT) Month. Health care providers across the country are partnering to raise awareness, encourage testing, and provide comprehensive sexual health information for men and women of all ages.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a major public health issue. One in two sexually active young people will get an STI by the time they are 25 years old. Without testing, many will not know their status. Around 19 million new cases of STIs are reported each year, costing an estimated $17 billion in medical costs.
GYT Month is a reminder to people of all ages to get tested and get talking. STIs affect people of all races, ages and sexual orientations.¬† Regular testing, preventive services, and healthy decision making is key to curbing the staggering number of new sexually transmitted infections.
Free GYT screening locations are scheduled throughout Douglas County and the surrounding area in the month of April.
STD and HIV testing is also available year round in Douglas County and surrounding areas.¬† This local effort is a partnership involving the Douglas County Health Department, Nebraska AIDS Project, Charles Drew Health Center, Nu-Life, UNMC, Nebraska Children‚Äôs Home, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, One World, DHHS, Medical Reserve Corp, Latino Center of the Midlands, Omaha Public Libraries, Jewish Family Services, Girls Inc., FLIXX, and Council Bluffs Public Health Department.
The month‚Äôs testing schedule is below.