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Save the Date: Free Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing and Pizza for UW Students April 18

April 4, 2018

The University of Wyoming Student Health Service is offering free sexually transmitted disease (chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV) testing for UW students Wednesday, April 18, from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Center Ballroom. Free pizza will be available to students.

Student Health Service, in partnership with the Wyoming Department of Health, Albany County Public Health, Wyoming Public Health and the Wellness Ambassadors, sponsors the event.

According to the latest health data, Wyoming has seen a 50 percent increase in cases of gonorrhea since 2016. And more than half of those infected with chlamydia, and many more infected with gonorrhea and those with HIV infections (until AIDS develops) may not have any symptoms, says Joanne Steane, UW Student Health Service director.

At the free testing event, students will collect their own specimens in the bathroom. Males will collect a urine specimen in a cup and should not urinate one hour before testing; women will collect a vaginal sample. Students who want to be tested for HIV will have a fingerstick blood sample obtained. No physical exam is involved, Steane says.

“The Wyoming Union is not a confidential setting. If this is a concern, students should consider making an appointment for private testing at the Student Health Service,” she adds.

To make an appointment, call 766-2130.

“If you have symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection, you will not obtain treatment at this event,” Steane says. “Please consider making an appointment for testing at the Student Health Service, where you can receive testing, an examination -- if appropriate -- and treatment in one visit.”

For more information, call Student Health Service at 766-2130.

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