PORTLAND, Maine — This month marks the sixth annual GYT: Get Yourself Tested campaign, a national campaign designed to promote sexual health and address the disproportionately high rates of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea, among young people under 25.
The campaign is a collaborative effort of the American College Health Association, the Kaiser Family Foundation, MTV, National Coalition of STD Directors , and Planned Parenthood Federation of America, with technical consultation provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here in Portland, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and the City of Portland’s Public Health Division including the India Street Health Center are working together to raise awareness by making it easy for Portland adults in their twenties to get tested.
Getting tested is easy in Portland. People can call for a same day or next day appointment at the PPNNE health center in Portland (other health centers are open in Biddeford, Sanford and Topsham) at 1-800-230-7526 or visit the India Street Public Health Center for their STD walk-in hours, 3-5:45 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Both health centers offer affordable, accessible testing.