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• GYT Sex Ed Trivia Pizza Party
• FOR TEENS, BY TEENS
• Tuesday, April 30, 5:30-7:30pm
• 425 Cherry St. SE, GR
• $25 gift card for attending
• Must RSVP
www.ppwnm.org/whatsnew for More Info

The teen youth group at Planned Parenthood is holding a GYT Sex Ed Trivia Pizza Party for teens only on Tuesday, April 30, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Planned Parenthood, 425 Cherry Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI. Teens play trivia and other games related to sexual health. A pizza dinner is served and each teen who registers and attends receives a $25 git card! YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE and all the details are on our website, ppwnm.org under "what's new"

Get Yourself Tested.

PPWNM offers a $50 testing package at all of its health centers: GYT for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV - all three for only $50 (or less if you qualify for funding assistance or have private health insurance)

• Getting tested for sexually transmitted infections is one of the most important things we can do to protect our health. STIs are widespread, especially among people under age 25; however, early treatment can help to avoid some of the negative consequences of STIs, like cancer and infertility.
• Getting tested for STIs is a basic part of staying healthy and taking control of your sex life. Start healthy habits early with regular tests.
• Getting tested is easier than ever before. For example, rapid HIV tests can provide results in as fast as 20 minutes from just a tiny finger poke.
• Almost all STIs, including HIV, are treatable and many are curable. The sooner you know your status, the sooner you can get treated. Early treatment can help prevent the more serious outcomes of STIs.
• STIs are on the rise, especially in the under 25 age group. there are now about 20 million new infections in the U.S. each year, half are among the under 25 age group.
• One in two people young people in the U.S. contracts a sexually transmitted infection (STI) by the time they're 25 - and most don't know it.
• Many STIs cause no symptoms. The only way to know your status for sure is to get tested.
• Sexually transmitted infections, when not treated, can lead to serious health outcomes. Some infections increase the risk of infertility and cervical cancer, and having an STI can also increase your chances of contracting HIV.
• Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported STI in the United States: there are 820,000 new cases every year. The recent emergence of a new drug-resistant strain of the infection means that testing and prevention are essential to protecting your sexual health.

Get Yourself Talking.

Some conversations may seem hard to have, but open communication is essential to stopping the spread of STIs. Talk about getting tested before you start having sex with your partner. Be direct. Discuss using condoms and getting tested. Since many STIs show no symptoms, you or your partner may have an STI from a previous relationship and not know it.

Be Safe.

Protect yourself against future STIs. Once you know your status, you can take action to stay healthy. Condoms used consistently and correctly provide the best protection against STIs, as well as help prevent unintended pregnancy.

 

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