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STI/STD Awareness Month!

STI/STD Awareness Month

Know your status, Pirates!

April is STI/STD Awareness Month! This is a time to increase awareness and encourage testing for sexually transmitted infections or diseases (STIs or STDs) including HIV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), estimates that of sexually active people in the US, 1 in 2 will get an STI by the time they’re 25. That could be you or the person sitting next to you in class. There are about 20 million new STIs diagnosed each year, half are among young people ages 15-24. While getting an STI is more common than you probably thought, people are still incredibly uncomfortable talking about it. Let’s change that now!

This STI Awareness Month (and all year long), take control of your sexual health. Start having open and honest conversations with your partner(s) and healthcare provider about sexual health and STIs. Here are some conversation starters that might help you when talking to your partner(s):

Talk before you have sex.

  • “Getting tested before we have sex will help protect both of us.”
  • “Many people who have an STI don’t know it. Why take a chance when we can know for sure?”

There are other things you may want to talk to your partner about, such as:

  • Sexual history – the number of partners you’ve had and what kind of protection you used
  • Risk factors – like whether you’ve had sex without a condom or used drugs with needles

Share the facts.

  • “STIs that are found and treated early are less likely to cause long-term problems.”
  • “Getting tested is easy. Doctors can test urine (pee) for chlamydia and gonorrhea, some of the most common STIs. And some HIV tests can give results in 20 minutes. You may not even have to give blood.”
  • “If you don’t feel comfortable talking about STIs with your regular doctor, you can get tested at a clinic instead.”

Show that you care.

  • “I really care about you. I want to make sure we are both healthy.”
  • “I’ve been tested for STIs, including HIV. Are you willing to do the same?”
  • “Let’s get tested together.”

Agree to stay safe.

  • “If we’re going to have sex, using condoms is the best way to protect us from STIs. Let’s use condoms every time we have sex.”
  • “We can enjoy sex more if we know it’s safe.”

Being a student is challenging on its own, we understand you are in the process of carving your own path in life. STIs don’t define you or what you can do in life. Sometimes you can feel alone with an STI diagnosis. You don’t have to be alone – speak to someone you trust, a friend, parent or healthcare provider and talk about it.

The only way to know your status is to get tested. At Student Health, you have two options for getting tested:

  • If you are symptom-free, you can schedule a visit with the Fast Track nurse to test for chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, and/or syphilis. Make sure not to urinate within 1 hour of your appointment time (if you want oral screening for chlamydia/gonorrhea, do not eat/drink/chew for 1 hour prior to your appointment).
  • If you have symptoms and need testing for possible warts or herpes, make a clinic appointment with one of our providers. They can also treat any other symptoms you may have like penile drip or discharge; sores, bumps or blisters around your genital or anal area; burning with urination; swollen or tender testicles; throat pain; rectal bleeding, discharge, itching, or bumps.

Remember, STIs are very common but most young people don’t know they are infected. If you do have an STI, work with your healthcare provider to get the proper treatment. It’s important to always wear a condom or use a dental dam to avoid getting an STI or infecting your partner(s).

Have a general question about STIs? E-mail us at gotquestions@ecu.edu.

Sources:

American Sexual Health Association (ASHA): Yes Means Test. www.yesmeanstest.org

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): STD Awareness Month – Archive

https://www.cdc.gov/std/sam/archive.htm

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World AIDS Day, 2014

aids_ribbon1Today SHS is observing World AIDS Day.  Do you know your status?  Interested in HIV testing?

SHS has HIV testing available every day, Monday-Friday, for FREE.  Testing is quick, easy, and private.  We utilize blood testing and results are usually available within 1 week.  There are 3 ways to make an appointment:

  • in person, by visiting the “Appointments” office inside of SHS, 8am-5pm Monday-Friday
  • by phone, by calling (252) 328-6841 option 1, from 8am-5pm Monday-Friday
    or
  • online, by visiting our online SHS portal starting at 5am each day Monday-Friday (https://shs.ecu.edu/)

HIV can take up to 3-4 months to be detected after exposure, so test often.

Want to learn more about HIV/AIDS?  Visit the CDC HIV info page.

Stay healthy Pirates, and know your status!

What is Fast Track?

What is the Fast Track Clinic?

The Fast Track Clinic has been created to provide quick visits for STI (sexually transmitted infection) screening—we want to help & get you on the “fast track” back to your busy day.  There is no physical examination—just a few quick questions asked by a Registered Nurse, a trip to our lab & that is it!  Most visits take 15 minutes or less.

Who can use the Fast Track STI Clinic?
Because we want to keep visits very short and simple, we only perform STI screening on those students who are NOT experiencing any symptoms.  If you have bumps, sores, discharge, abdominal pain, pain with urination or other medical problems, or if you need a prescription for birth control, you need to make an appointment with a provider though our general clinic.  However, if any of the following applies, Fast Track is for you:

  • No symptoms, but you want a routine STI screen to help keep yourself healthy
  • No symptoms, but you are concerned about a sexual encounter that has occurred or you have a new partner (keep in mind, it takes at least 7 days for gonorrhea, chlamydia or syphilis to show up on a test and can take 3 months to detect HIV so make sure you do not test too early)
  • You were treated for gonorrhea/chlamydia with antibiotics and symptoms are gone but you want to make sure the medication was completely effective

What STI tests are done during a Fast Track screening visit?
Gonorrhea/Chlamydia                         obtained by urine sample                            $ 30.00
Syphilis                                                    obtained by blood sample                           $   9.00
HIV                                                           obtained by blood sample                                 free

 (we do not test for herpes or HPV/genital warts through Fast Track as those tests are only done if a person is having symptoms of those particular STIs.  If you think you have herpes or HPV, please make an appointment for our general clinic)  

How and when do I get my results?
Your results are confidential.   A notification will be sent through your Pirate email with directions on how to access your test results using your secure online Student Health account.  Typically results are available for gonorrhea/chlamydia and syphilis testing in 3- 5 business days.  HIV test results may take up to 1 week.

How do I use the Fast Track STI Clinic?
To make an appointment, call 328-6841, come in to our appointment office inside SHS, or go online to https://shs.ecu.edu to schedule.  It is important that you do not urinate for at least 60 minutes prior to your appointment.  

If you have any further questions or concerns, call us at 328-6841 or visit www.ecu.edu/studenthealth