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Friday, May 20, 2011

GYT At Our Mobile Testing Event!

As many as 1 in 2 sexually active young people will contract an STD by age 25--and most won't know it. Illinois has some of the highest STD rates in the US. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control, Illinois ranks 7th among the 50 states for syphilis and chlamydia, and 11th for gonorrhea.

To help reduce the alarming rate of STDs among young people, Planned Parenthood of Illinois, alongside the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, the Cook County Department of Public Health, and MTV, will give away vouchers for free and low-cost rapid HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea testing during Hopeless Records Take Action Tour concert at the Metro (3730 N. Clark St.) on Sunday, May 22. This mobile awareness event is one of many awareness and prevention activities being held across the country by the GYT (Get Yourself Tested) campaign.

"With this mobile awareness event, we're going to young people and educating them to the fact that STD testing is a simple, quick process that should be apart of their health care," says Kai Tao, Associate Medical Director. "We want them to know that Planned Parenthood is here to provide them with high-quality, affordable care."

The Take Action Tour concerts feature bands such as Silverstein, The Swellers, Bayside, the Polar Bear Club, and Texas in July. Concertgoers will recieve vouchers that can be redeemed for quick, painless STD tests performed at their local Planned Parenthood health clinic. They will also be able to pick up free condoms, STD prevention information, t-shirts, and buttons.

PPIL is incredibly excited about this event, and we'd love to see you there. Here are the event details!

GYT Mobile STD Testing Event
Sunday, May 22
Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago
Doors open at 5pm, event from 6pm-10pm

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