Matt Kiernan / News Editor
Free testing for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV will be provided by the university and the state on April 22 for students looking to be tested for either or both.
University Health Services and the State Department of Public Health will be holding a Get Yourself Tested day that will be available to students without the need for an appointment from 9 – 4 p.m. in the University Health Services office next to Marcus White.
The testing will check for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia using a urine sample and H.I.V. using a mouth swab. The drawing of blood and use of shots will not be used during the testing.
“The testing is painless,” says Associate Director of Health Service Patricia Zapatka.
The tests will be sent to the Department of Public Health and will take a few weeks to be sent back with results. The rest of the year the testing for STD and HIV diseases has a fee at the university.
The push to start the day for testing was made by the federal government because of an increase in the number of people with the diseases from ages 14 – 24 years old.
People who have an STD are 50 percent more likely to contract HIV. Out of the 169 towns in CT, New Britain is ranked no. 5 on the list for populations with STDs.
Walk-ins will be accepted for anyone looking to be tested.