Apr 02, 2011
Every April, MTV sponsors Planned Parenthood with a campaign that MTV coins "Get Yourself Tested." MTV launched this campaign following the airing of the TV-movie "Pedro" in 2009, a movie based on a true story where a 17 year old teenager was both infected and died from HIV/AIDS.
During this entire month, Planned Parenthood centers across the United States will be offering the HIV test and Chlamydia/Gonorrhea test at a reduced price, or for free.
Depending on the test, some STD/STI tests can be rather expensive no matter where you go. However, centers in Colorado and Vegas are offering these tests to patients for only $10 each, where as some clinics in Utah are offering the Chlamydia and Gonorrhea test for free.
The testing should be non-invasive. Centers should be using the fingerprick rapid test for HIV, and this fingerprick test should test for both HIV type 1 (HIV-1), and HIV type 2 (HIV-2). HIV-1 is currently the type that most people are infected with in the United States today.
You will need to mention the "Get Yourself Tested" campaign to Planned Parenthood employees for lower-priced or free testing. You can find out more about this campaign here:
If you wish to or feel you need testing or counselling for Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Infections, now is a better time than ever to do it. You can find your nearest Planned Parenthood clinic here:
Play safe, protect yourself, and protect others!