Have you been tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)? Nationally and locally, there has been a recent rise in Chlamydia rates among women, especially in the 18-24 year old age group. Sexually active young people account for half of the 20 million new STIs that occur in the U.S. each year. Some STIs, like chlamydia, are frequently asymptomatic.
The GYT Campaign is a national program aimed at encouraging young people to get tested and treated, if needed, for STIs. Click on the links for info about STIs & testing, talking to your partner, condom FAQs, sexual myths, and more.
Click here for info about STI testing services offered at Student Health. Scroll down to find free STI testing locations in the Richmond area.
The Well, in collaboration with the Health Brigade and the Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention, will be offering free HIV fingerstick testing to students (VCU ID required) at the Student Commons in the Virginia Rooms from 11am - 3pm (results in 30 minutes) on the following dates:
Health Brigade (1010 N. Thompson St) offers free HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia testing. You do not have be a Health Brigade clinic patient to request testing. Appointments can be made by email or phone. Click on the link for details.
The Minority Health Consortium (208 E. Clay St, Suite B) offers free HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia testing. Walk-ins are welcome Mon-Fri (10am-5pm) and Wed evenings (6pm-midnight).
The Richmond City Health District Clinical Services (400 E. Cary St, 804-482-5500) offers a variety of STI/HIV services:
Walgreens offers free walk-in HIV testing at select Richmond area stores:
Go to condomfinder.org to find free condoms near you. Student Health offers free condoms to students with appointments. The Student Health Pharmacy also sells a variety of condoms at the low price of 6 for $2.
Plan First provides free birth control options, STI testing, and other services to women and men who meet income limits and other criteria.
Human papillomavirus or HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection. HPV infections can lead to genital warts or certain cancers, including cervical cancer.