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Tech Students Participate in National Sexual Health Campaign


4/12/2012

The Butte-Silver Bow Health Department and Montana Tech are partnering in the local sponsorship and promotion of the national "Get Yourself Tested" (GYT) Program. The GYT Days at Tech will be from 9-4 on Monday, April 16th in the Conference Room at the South Campus and from 9-4 on Tuesday, April 17th in the North Campus Student Health Center.

"The national GYT Program is about using the power of a youthful social movement to encourage young adults to get tested for STDs," said Jamie Paul, Director of Health Promotions and Family Services of the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department.

Those who participate in the program will receive a chance to win concert tickets courtesy of Bill Fischer and the Butte Depot. Concert performers include Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, Merle Haggard, The Bellamy Brothers, and 38 Special.  In addition a "Country Jam Surprise Package" will be one of the offerings.  

Those who cannot make it to the Tech event but want to participate in the GYT campaign can go to the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department any day prior to Friday, April 20th.   If they say "I heard about this through Tech," they will be entered into the concert drawings.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates the United States experiences 19 million new STD infections annually and nearly half of these are young people aged 15-24.

"Although GYT has our students as its target population, anyone is welcome to participate, said Cricket Pietsch, Montana Tech Counselor.  "Regular testing for STD infections should be a normal part of personal hygiene for sexually active adults."