Free STD testing at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin

GTY: Get Yourself Tested

MILWAUKEE - This spring, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is offering free testing for common STDs as a part of a campaign for STD Awareness Month.

GYT: Get Yourself Tested is a national campaign in April, encouraging people to get tested and to open communication with their partners about sexual health.

There has been a significant increase of HIV and syphilis cases in Milwaukee. Nationally, there have been increases in Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

People under 25-years-old make up more than half of all STD cases.

Meghan Benson, director of community education at PPWI, said, "We offer STD prevention options, testing, treatment, education and information to help you take charge of your sexual health.”

Planned Parenthood stresses the importance of early treatment for STDs. All STDs can be treated and many can be cured. Early treatment can prevent lifelong problems. Since many STDs have no noticeable symptoms, it is important to get tested.

Education is one of the best ways to prevent STDs and to increase awareness. PPWI has developed educational programs in schools and communities for youth, parents, and families. Additionally, they've developed a text line and video series that are aimed at sex education.

Benson said, “Our education programs provide communities with honest, accurate, age appropriate information about sexual decision making and staying healthy.”

Take advantage of the free STD testing throughout the month of April. Click HERE to learn more.

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