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Check Yourself In: Foursquare Offers Badge for STD Testing

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If you use Foursquare, you might enjoy the silly fun of trying to earn a new "merit" badge for your collection. One way to land a new badge is to find out if you have an STD. Seriously. Through the "It's Your (Sex) Life" campaign run via MTV and the Kaiser Family Foundation, there's a Foursquare badge you can pick up while getting tested, explains CNN's health blog The Chart.Here's how to get it (the badge, that is):

To "unlock" the badge, you just have to check in on Foursquare from the health care provider where you're getting the STD test anytime in September. Once you have the badge, you're entered to win a trip for two to the MTV Studios in New York City, and attend a taping of the show "10 on Top."

MTV is hoping to use the growing popularity of the social networking "check-in" site to encourage youth to take responsibility for their sexual health. Bonus: For those leery of Foursquare because of the "stalker" potential, frequent clinic check-ins could make you the location's "Mayor," and scare off would-be suitors!