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CREWS Sexual Health Week activities encourage students to 'GYT -- Get Yourself Tested'

March 23, 2012

According to the Center for Disease Control, sexually active adolescents and young adults are at a higher risk of acquiring sexually transmitted diseases than any other age group.

With this fact in mind, the CSU Health Network, MTV, the CDC and the Kaiser Family Foundation have teamed up to encourage young people to GYT—Get Yourself Tested.

Promoting sexual health

During the last week of March, the CSU Health Network and the student organization, C.R.E.W.S. – which stands for Creating Respect, Educating Wellness for and by Students -- will be sponsoring Sexual Health Week.

Each day of the week, students can look for special events in the Lory Student Center Sunken Lounge near the iBox. C.R.E.W.S. members will be handing out “fun bags” filled with candy, condoms and other items to help promote sexual health. They will be providing information on sexual health, such as how to eliminate risk through abstinence and reduce risk with proper condom use and how to talk to your partner about STDs and pregnancy prevention.

Each day of the event will follow a theme and promote specific information:

GLBT Awareness Day

Monday, March 26, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

One of the many great things about sex with someone of the same sex is that unplanned pregnancy isn’t something you have to worry about. What a blessing! What a relief! What a circumstantial convenience. However, members of the GLBT community are at significantly higher risk for STDs, so that’s why it’s important to be careful, Get Yourself Tested and use protection. Visit the Sexual Health Week display to learn more about sexual health in the GLBT community, and to pick up candy, condoms and information about safer sex.

Captain Condom Day

Tuesday, March 27, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Play Condom Jeopardy and participate in the infamous Condom Lineup to learn how to properly use a condom to prevent the transmission of STDs. Bananas are provided for your convenience.

STD/AIDS Awareness Day

Wednesday, March 28, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

It’s time to remove the stigma from STD testing. There is no shame in taking control of your sexual health and talking about risks with your partner, friends and health care provider. Stop by the Sexual Health Week display for another day of games, freebies and information on how and why to GYT.

Q&A Day

Thursday, March 29, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

It’s the ultimate chance to get your sex questions answered. C.R.E.W.S. will be making condom roses and providing a sexual Q&A session for any students who may have any questions about sex as a part of CSU’s Sexual Health Week.

Offering a discount for STD testing

Sexual Health Week will be the first of its kind on CSU’s campus, and, in addition to sexual health education, the CSU Health Network will offer a 50 percent discount on testing for two of the most common STDs: chlamydia and gonorrhea.

For more information, visit the CSU Health Network or call (970) 491-7121 to schedule an appointment for discounted STD testing today.

Written by C.R.E.W.S members, Codi Farrar, Emily Pancoast, Liz Hayes, Katie Tobin, Brenn Wheeler, Emma Myer

Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
Phone: (970) 491-6009