April is STI awareness month, and the SOU Student Health and Wellness Center wants you to GYT:
Get Yourself Tested!
STI’s—sexually transmitted infections—are surging at SOU, reflecting a nationwide trend. In the last two years, the Student Health and Wellness Center has seen rates of chlamydia, the most common STI, more than triple. In 2018, 44 SOU students tested positive for chlamydia at the Student Health Center. Gonorrhea is on the rise too, with Jackson County reporting a 260% increase in cases over the last four years.
College students are at high risk. The CDC estimates that 15-24-year olds account for half of all new sexually transmitted infections every year. However, these diseases may produce no symptoms, so many infections go undiagnosed. That can lead to lifelong repercussions for reproductive health, including pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. It also makes it harder to stop the chain of transmission, since many people don’t realize they’re infected.
Fortunately, chlamydia and gonorrhea can be easily treated and cured if caught early. The key is early detection through screening tests. Testing for these two common STI’s is quick, simple, inexpensive, and painless. The Student Health and Wellness Center has now partnered with the State of Oregon to provide low-cost testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea. (Less than $15 for both tests combined.) We can also test for syphilis and HIV if desired.
Stop by or call the Student Health and Wellness Center for more information. If you have no symptoms, you don’t need an appointment to get low-cost chlamydia and gonorrhea testing. We do ask that you schedule an office visit if you have symptoms, if you’d like to discuss testing for other STI’s, or if you’d like more information on STI prevention.