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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
GEORGIA: STDs Affect Students on Campus
Beverly Manning
March 2, 2010
The Stallion (Abraham Baldwin Agricultural Coll.) (02.23.10) -

In cooperation with the Georgia Department of Public Health, the ABAC clinic has offered a free chlamydia and gonorrhea testing outreach for students for the past two years. This year's event will take place March 23 and 24, from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.

More than 100 students have participated in the outreach to date, and of these at least 10 percent have been positive for either STD or both. Most infected students have been asymptomatic.

Susan Thompson, RN, said confidentiality is a top concern among students. All patient records are confidential and cannot be viewed by others, including parents, she said.

In addition to the free tests for chlamydia and gonorrhea, HIV testing is available for $15. The clinic also offers vaccination against the STD human papillomavirus; the cost is $100 for each of the required three injections.

Students who have questions regarding STDs should contact the ABAC clinic or the Teen Health Clinic, whose free services include contraceptives, birth control, and screenings for students 19 and under.

For more information, telephone the ABAC clinic at 229-391- 5030.