Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) According to the Wyoming Department of Health, 1 in 17 young people between the ages of 15 and 25 has a STD. It is this statistic that is making the Department of Health reorganize its KnoWyo program, shifting the focus onto a younger audience.
Tai Cooper, the Communicable Disease Program Manager at the Department of Health says, "We're really trying to aim the campaign towards our target audience, which is young adolescent or young adults, so, between the ages of 13 and 25." She says the new campaign is much more modern, which will help in reaching a younger generation.
Part of this new campaign are KnoWyo Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as an emphasis on using the hash tag #make1count. Cooper says that in our lifetime, we'll end up going to the bathroom around 2,500 times and that we should make one of those times count, and use that urine sample to get tested.
The KnoWyo program makes it easier than ever to get tested. The federally funded program allows you to print a voucher to your local clinic and to then bring that voucher into the clinic for a free STD and HIV test. Cooper urges anyone and everyone to get tested, because you cannot know for sure if you don't get tested. It's especially important since some STD's are a-symptomatic and symptoms don't present themselves. If untreated, some STDs could lead to unhealthy pregnancies, infertility, blindness, and even cancer.
For more information on the program you can visit KnoWyo's Facebook page by searching KnoWyo on Facebook, or by visiting their website.