April is upon us, and with only days between now and the campus’s annual Get Yourself Tested (GYT) event, it’s time to have a discussion about the two most common STIs that we can test for during this event: chlamydia and gonorrhea.

About 4 MILLION people contract either chlamydia or gonorrhea each year. They are caused by bacteria that are spread through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. They may be the consequences of an infected person’s bacteria coming into contact with another’s mucosa, or the thin/moist lining that is present inside the mouth, rectum, or vagina.

Affecting men and women alike, the STIs are spread in the same way. These pesky STIs can be treated with antibiotics, and may have similar or even no symptoms. Keep an eye out for these symptoms that may indicate chlamydia or gonorrhea: pain or burning during urination, white/yellow/green discharge from the genitals, pain during sexual intercourse, or vaginal spotting/bleeding between periods or after sex.

So it’s time to pee in a cup! Testing urine samples is one way to determine if a person has been infected, regardless of physical symptoms. By completing this test earlier on, one can receive necessary treatment sooner. You can also prevent bigger issues that these STIs may cause, like infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, and even HIV infection. You can get these STI’s more than once, so it’s important to get tested for these infections.

Interested in trying out this free chlamydia and gonorrhea test for yourself? Head on over to Sykes Ballrooms on Wednesday, April 4th any time between 10 AM and 2 PM for our annual Get Yourself Tested (GYT) event. It’s simple! Pee in a cup and get your results. Plus, there will be free t-shirts given to the first 300 students who participate! This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Women and Gender Equity, Student Health Services, and the Office of Wellness Promotion.