Free, private HIV and STD testing will be offered at Longview through the Kansas City Health Department on Thursday, Oct. 27, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Education Center.
Sponsored by Campus Life and Leadership, the HIV test will consist of a mouth swab, while testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia will require a urine sample. Testing is important for anyone who is sexually active, and this drive will provide students the opportunity to know they are healthy or to seek treatment for previously unknown conditions.
According to www.nursingschools.net, a nursing education resource site, one in four college students has some form of sexually transmitted disease. Eighty percent of people who have a STD have no noticeable symptoms, so testing is the only way to definitively diagnose and set up a course of treatment in most cases.
For those who cannot attend the Longview drive or prefer to be tested off campus, the Kansas City Health Department operates an STD clinic that can test for HIV and other specific diseases, and offers information about a variety of STD’s. All clinic services are free. Information on the clinic’s location, hours, and how to make an appointment can be found at www.kcmo.org/health and by clicking on the Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic link.