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Become the mayor of your local STD clinic!

Christina Huh Aug 31, 2010

Overshare is reaching new heights with the latest from Foursquare, the phone app that let’s you “check in” to places so friends (and strangers) can know where you are.

According to this Associated Press article, Foursquare teamed up with MTV’s “GYT: Get Yourself Tested” campaign.

Stephen Friedman, the general manager of MTV, said he expects that some people will decide to get the badge despite the social stigma surrounding STDs. And once they do, their friends may, too.

“It only takes a few to get the ball rolling,” he said. The point is to make these checkups as commonplace as going to the dentist or getting a physical.

Foursquare users can earn badges a la Girl/Boy Scouts depending on where and how many places they check-in too. After checking in to clinics, presumably to get screened for STDS, Foursquare users can earn a lime green and black badge, with the letters “GYT” emblazoned in the middle.

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