Let's Talk About Sex
Last Updated: 11/28/2011
Welcome, to our Let’s Talk About Sex webpage!
The GYT (Get Yourself Tested) campaign is a youthful, empowering social movement to reduce the spread of STI’s (Sexually Transmitted Infections) among young people through STI education, information, and by providing resources on how and where testing and treatments are provided. This campaign encourages young people to have pride in talking openly about sexual health, using protection, and getting tested regularly.
Why should I get tested?
STI’s are very common. If you think it can’t happen to you…think again. STI’s often show no symptoms so many of those infected don’t know they are. The only way to know for sure is to get yourself tested. Putting off getting care for an STI can have long lasting effects on your health such as infertility. One in two sexually active people will get an STI by the age of 25.
How do I know if my partner has an STI?
Talk to your partner. The only way to know is to ask or by asking them to get tested. You can’t always tell by the way someone “looks” and you can’t always trust your partner to tell the truth. STI’s are more common than you think. Every year there are more than 19 million new cases of STI’s in the US. Want to know for sure? Get yourself, and your partner, tested.
Where can I get tested?
You don’t have to go far. The Student Health Center provides STI testing; simply make an appointment online, over the phone, or in person. Walk-ins are available for those showing symptoms. You can also get tested at other locations within the community such as Planned Parenthood, Women’s Health Specialist, and Butte County Health Department.
How much does testing cost?The Student Health Center offers tests at a low cost to students. Enrollment in the Family PACT program is also available at the Health Center. Family PACT is a government program that provides reproductive services, including STI testing and treatment, with no out of pocket cost to you. A simple application and consultative appointment will determine if you are eligible for Family PACT. This program is also offered at Planned Parenthood, Women’s Health Specialist, and other off campus locations. When you sign up for Family PACT, you are given a teal card with your identifying information on it. The card is valid at all Family Pact providers within California. If you have a card already, bring it with you to your visit. Cards need to be renewed every year.
What do I do if I test positive for an STI?
Most STI’s are curable and ALL are treatable. If you test positive for an STI you will either be given a prescription for medication that will cure the STI or medication that will treat your symptoms. It is important to follow the treatment recommended by your doctor completely, even if your symptoms subside. You should also remember to notify all your sexual partners since your last test about your diagnosis so that they can get tested as well. If you need guidance on how to notify your partner(s), the Student Health Center can assist you.
GYT: Get Yourself Tested is about creating a youthful and empowering social movement around getting tested for STDs. To visit GYT homepage please click here; http://www.itsyoursexlife.com/gyt/ . For more STD information...
STD Low Down: http://www.itsyoursexlife.com/gyt/know/std-low-down/
Written By: Faviola Mercado, Peer Health Educator, April 2011.
WHAT ARE CONDOM COMEBACKS?
If you are about to have sex, having a direct conversation about sex, protection, pregnancy prevention, and STIs can be uncomfortable. Talking about the use of condoms as protection is about respect and showing that you want to protect each other. Be up front and direct about wanting to use condoms each and every time you have sex. There’s no shame in wanting to protect yourself and others. Here are a few tips you may use to make talking about using protection less awkward.
– written by Katelyn Stewart, Health Science Intern, Spring 2011.
"Just this once"
It only takes once
"But I love you"
Then you'll help me protect myself
“No glove no love”
“Keep it covered, or keep it in your pants”
“Once could change our lives forever”