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ARIZONA: Wildcats Get Tested for STDs on Mall


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 Department (PCHD).

"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.


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