GYT: Get Yourself Tested for High Schools
What is GYT for High Schools?
Get Yourself Tested (GYT) is an empowering campaign that can be implemented in high schools to encourage young people to get tested for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Students and staff can work jointly on the campaign to develop materials and plan school-wide events focused on prevention and testing. The GYT campaign for high schools can:
- Raise awareness of HIV and STDs and how to prevent them.
- Connect young people to testing and counseling services.
- Promote open discussions with partners, peers, and health care providers.
CDC researchexternal icon suggests that a student-led GYT campaign in high schools may increase STD testing among students.
GYT is for all young people, no matter their gender, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
Although some young people are not having sex, learning about the prevention of HIV and STDs is an important health message for them to hear at this time in their lives. Talking about getting tested can make young people more comfortable talking about overall sexual health.