Planned Parenthood urges young men to GIVE A SH*T about their health with new

TORONTO, July 20 /CNW/ - Planned Parenthood Toronto announced the launch of a new campaign to promote young men's health issues. The campaign aims to help young men use condoms and get tested regularly for Sexually Transmitted Infections.

The young men's condom and testing campaign hopes to speak to young men in a positive way about using condoms and getting tested as an overall strategy to taking care of their health and that of their partner(s).

According to the most recent data on HIV and youth in Canada, at the end of 2006 there were 58,981 positive HIV tests with information about age reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada. Of these, 868 (1.5%) were among youth aged 15 to 19 years, and 14,911 (25.3%) were among individuals aged 20 to 29 years. In spite of these low proportions, risk behavior data on young Canadians show the potential for HIV transmission.

"At Planned Parenthood, we can see a direct effect between education and a shift in young men's attitudes toward safer sex and testing for STI's and HIV. The Young Men's Peer Project has been successful at motivating young men to take better care of themselves thereby improving their sexual health outcomes," said Saad Hussain Director of Community Health Services.

Planned Parenthood Toronto is launching the Young Men's Condom and Testing Campaign on Thursday 22nd July, 2010 from 6-8pm at the Harbourfront Community Centre Gym. This FREE youth event includes local talent including Blue Sky DJ Service, T-West and Matte Black.

The launch is also open to service providers who can pick up campaign materials to help promote men's health within their organizations.

    Give A Sh*t
    Young Men's Campaign Launch
    July 22, 2010
    Harbourfront Community Centre - GYM
    627 Queens Quay West (at Bathurst)

FEATURING: Blue Sky DJ Service

T-West Matte Black KG Mack SKETCH- Special Guests and more.. Food * Drinks * Door Prizes

SOURCE Planned Parenthood Toronto

For further information: For further information: or to interview a member of Planned Parenthood Toronto, please contact Michele Chai at (416) 961-0113 x152 or email at; to visit the facebook page for this event, click here:

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