Did you catch the "GYT" video on Perez Hilton's site last week? What about the "GYT" clips featuring Santigold, Flo Rida or Big Boi? How about on Wednesday morning (April 1), when Matt Lauer asked a group of kids wearing "GYT" T-shirts what the acronym meant, and they refused to tell him?
So WTF is GYT?
Well, following the premiere of "Pedro" at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday on MTV and MTV Tr3s, the Kaiser Family Foundation, Planned Parenthood, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New York City Department of Health and MTV launched an effort for you to Get Yourself Tested. Also, the month of April will be Get Yourself Tested month.
According to a press release, GYT is "a campaign to increase testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among those under 25 years old." With a new statistic finding that half of all sexually active people under 25 have an STD and nearly 10 million 19- to 24-year-olds are infected with a new STD every year, it seems the push could not come at a better time.
Testing has never been easier. With just a swab inside the cheek, an HIV test result can be produced in 20 minutes, and gonorrhea and Chlamydia tests are quick to administer with results taking a little bit longer. As an incentive to, well, get yourself tested, MTV has offered a trip for two to walk the red carpet at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards if you get tested at your nearest clinic (you can easily find one by texting your ZIP code to 49809).
For more information, head to GYT09.org, visit your nearest Planned Parenthood center or check out the campaign's Facebook application.
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