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9.22.2010

SHWC Spotlight: Get tested!

9.22.2010
No one likes to think that their sexual encounters will lead to any consequences, especially not permanent ones. While many are aware of the risks of STIs, they may not be aware of their prevalence. By age 25, an estimated one in two sexually active young people will get one. Yet, less than half of adults ages 18 to 44 have ever been tested for an STI other than HIV/AIDS. Have you been tested?

Whether monogamous or promiscuous, in the type of hook-up culture seen among many college students, it's important to know your STI status. You don't have to have intercourse to get an STI. Many can be contracted just through genital contact. If you are sexually active in any way, do yourself and your partners a favor- get yourself tested.

Confidential testing is available at the Student Health and Wellness Center for males and females at either low cost or no cost to students. Discuss your sexual history with a provider and figure out if you may be at risk for any infections. It's better to be safe than sorry, and it's always better to know. Remember to protect yourself by using condoms regularly and discussing sexual history with your partners. It just may save your fertility and your life! Call 410-516-8270 to schedule your testing today!

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