It may not be one of the most fun topics to talk about, but April is STD Awareness Month and it's really important that we listen up. Because so many of us are awful at speaking about STDs, which leads to a lot of misinformation and, worryingly, more STDs spreading. Especially among young people. In fact, half of the 20 million new STDs contracted every year are in the 15 to 24 age group.
That's why Planned Parenthood's yearly initiative is so great. I mean, of course it is, it's from Planned Parenthood. But this particular initiative, GYT: Get Yourself Tested, is really relevant right now, especially for younger people. “Open, honest communication about STDs is a critical skill that people need to learn in order to be safe and healthy,” Dr. Leslie Kantor, Vice President of Education for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, explained in a press release. “Unfortunately, many young people don’t get the sex education they need and frank conversations about STDs are rare in the media. That’s why Planned Parenthood is excited to debut this video series, which fills a critical gap and should help normalize conversations about safer sex, STD status, and getting tested.”
The video series is aimed at people aged 16 to 22, but honestly it's useful for anyone. You should check out the whole thing on YouTube, but here's an overview of what you can expect: