April = STI Awareness Month-University Health Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Saturday, April 5, 2014

April = STI Awareness Month

STI Awareness Month Specials at UHS:

  • Free condoms during April (pick up at our front desk; 10 per student)
  • Free, walk-in rapid HIV testing April 14-19 (Monday-Thursday 1-5p, Friday 1-4p, and Saturday 11a-2p)
  • Dont Forget! Mirena is also available at UHS! Call 412-268-2158 to make an appointment.

Why get tested?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States. Of those, as many as 1 in 5 people (about 240,000) don't know they have HIV. Many people don’t think of themselves or their partners as being at risk, but anyone who has had unprotected sex, or who has injected drugs, or has had a partner who has done either of these things, or whose partner’s other partners may have done these things, may be at risk. 

The CDC recommends HIV testing for everyone between the ages of 13 and 64.  It is important to know your own – and your partner’s – HIV status. By knowing if you have HIV, or another STD, you can take precautions to protect your own health and your partners. 

And, it's easy! The rapid HIV test is a simple swab inside the mouth - no blood drawn - and results are available in 20 minutes.  Did we mention that you don't even need an appointment this week?

What about other STIs?

Sexually transmitted Infections (STIs), also called Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), are very common.  By age 25, an estimated one in two sexually active young people will get one. 

STIs often show no symptoms, so many people who have one don't know it.  The only way to know if you or a partner have an STI is to get tested.  Knowing helps you to protect each other, so Get Yourself - and Your Partner - Tested (GYT). 

Make an appointment today at University Health Services (UHS) to be tested for STIs, including HIV.  Our STI Screening Clinic provides a quick, easy, and confidential way to: be tested for STIs; be tested for HIV with a swab of the mouth and results in 20 minutes; ask questions in a safe setting; and receive personalized sexual health information from a professional healthcare provider.

In addition to getting tested for STIs, using a condom every time you have sex (including oral sex) will maximize your protection against STIs.  If you're having sex, condoms are the only method that protect against both unintended pregnancy and STIs.

Vaccine protection is also available for the most common STI, human papillomavirus (HPV).  The HPV vaccine Gardasil is for men and women ages 9-26 to protect against some types of HPV that cause genital warts and cervical cancer.

Promote STI and safer sex awareness in your area with our downloadable bulletin board kit - just click, print, and post!

For more information about HIV testing, visit  CDC Vital Signs HIV Testing

For more information about STI prevention including: how to talk to your partner, talking with your health care provider, and what's involved in testing, visit www.itsyoursexlife.com/gyt.