Daily Wildcat (University of Arizona-Tucson) (04.26.12) -
Wednesday's Get Yourself Tested Resource Fair at the
University of Arizona provided students with information
regarding safe sex and STDs, and free testing for chlamydia
and gonorrhea was offered through the Pima County Health
"You can't tell just by looking at someone if they have an
STD," said Campus Health educator and fair coordinator Carolyn
Hardesty. "The only way to know is to get tested. We just want
to bring awareness to the importance of getting tested."
The Pima County Mobile Clinic was on hand to receive urine
samples and contact information for results follow-up from
students. "We really support teens and young adults in getting
tested and treated if they have STDs," said PCHD Director of
Family Planning Dr. Shauna McIsaac
In addition to receiving condoms and personal lubricant,
students had access to a quiz on STDs. "I learned that one in
two sexually active people will have gotten an STD by the age
of 25," said freshman Ashley Miranda. "If people don't know
these things, they won't get tested; but if they do, then they
will, so it's safer for everybody."
"I feel this event is important because a lot of people are
scared to get tested or ask their parents for money to get
tested," said freshman Emily Edlund.
In addition to PCHD, fair participants included the Southern
Arizona AIDS Foundation and Planned Parenthood.