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'Get Yourself Tested' with discounts on STD tests

March 14, 2014

CSU Health Network is encouraging students to "Get Yourself Tested" with discounted STD tests at Hartshorn Health Center.

Approximately 19 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year in the United States – and almost half of these are among young people aged 15 to 24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Serious public health threat

Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) pose a serious public health threat to Americans – particularly young women, men who have sex with men, African Americans, and individuals living in poverty or who have limited access to healthcare. STDs costs the United States’ health care system as much as $17 billion annually.

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.

Discount on select STD tests

The GYT campaign encourages testing as an act of pride -- not shame -- and promotes a dialogue about STDs. Beginning March 24 and running through April 11, the CSU Health Network will be encouraging students to “Get Yourself Tested” by providing a 50 percent discount on select STD tests, specifically those for gonorrhea and chlamydia. Any full time, health fee-paying student is eligible to receive this discount.

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.

For more information about STDs and testing, visit the CSU Health Network website.