It’s Get Yourself Tested and Get Yourself Talking Week!

It’s Get Yourself Tested and Get Yourself Talking Week!

In support of GYT week and Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month, IU Health Center and the Sexual Health Advocacy Group (SHAG) are partnering with Community Capacity for Prevention and Education (CCPE) Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Project, and with Positive Link to provide HIV testing on campus.

The testing is free and confidential and will take place Tuesday in the IMU Maple Room from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday in the IMU Hoosier Room from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The testing and room activities are open to the entire IU and Bloomington community.

Student-led fair-style booths will feature games and information on STDs, healthy communication, sexual health safety products, and condom demonstrations.

The entire testing process from start to finish will take approximately 30 minutes.

Participants complete a survey with various questions ranging from the person’s date of birth, to their knowledge of HIV, to their personal behaviors. The HIV rapid test is then done using an oral swab that is inserted in your mouth–it’s as simple as that! It assesses one’s saliva to determine if there are HIV antibodies present. The result is processed in about 15 minutes. During this time, the person waiting can engage in an educational conversation with a CCPE team member.

“GYT is a nationwide event developed over six years ago through a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Kaiser Family Foundation, MTV, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The GYT campaign is designed to encourage young adults to get tested for STDs and to engage in open, honest conversation surrounding sexual health,” said Heather Eastman-Mueller, Assistant Director of Sexual and Reproductive Health. “It has been proven effective and is important to de-stigmatizing sexual health.”

The CCPE Grant is a project funded by SAMHSA and is designed to reduce, and ultimately prevent, the onset of Substance Abuse and HIV among target population members in Monroe County.

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