Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Student Health Center
Free STI/HIV testing | Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations
Bring your picture ID and health insurance card.
The Center for Health Education & Wellness is partnering with the Student Health Center, Knox County Health Department, Choice Health Network/Positively Living, and Helen Ross McNabb Center to offer STI/HIV testing and Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations. Get tested and get in the know about sexual health. Light refreshments will be provided.
(Rain location will be inside of the Student Health Center, 2nd floor.)
Testing & Vaccination Services
|STI Testing||UTK Student Health Center||Screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea only. These are the two most common STIs for college-aged individuals. Screening requires a urine sample.
|Free for students who have paid the health fee portion of the Student Programs & Services Fee
|Choice Health Network/Positively Living and Helen Ross McNabb Center||Testing uses a finger prick. Results are available within 20 minutes.
|Free for students|
|Knox County Health Department||The first dose of a series of 3 HPV vaccines to protect against genital warts and certain cancers caused by some types of HPV. Vaccine involves a shot in the upper arm.||Free with most health insurance. Patient assistance program available for students without health insurance.|
What to Bring
- Picture ID (Vol Card, state-issued ID or driver’s license)
- Health insurance card
- If you’re planning to get the HPV vaccine, wear a short-sleeved shirt or tank top to make getting the shot easier.
What to Expect
- Students can get one, two, or all three of the services
- Check-in first to find out where to go for the services you’re interested in
- Some services will require using restrooms and exam rooms inside of the Student Health Center. Signs, staff, and volunteers will guide you.
- HIV testing results are provided within 20min in private rooms. Plan to stay at the Student Health Center. A waiting area will be provided.
- STI testing results will be provided within 5 business days after the event.
- What is an STI?
- STI stands for Sexually Transmitted Infections. (STIs are sometimes referred to as STDs.) STIs are infections or diseases that are passed from one person to another during sexual contact (oral, vaginal, and anal sex). STIs include chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, HIV, HPV, and syphilis. More information about STIs can be found at the CDC’s website here.
- What is HIV?
- HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to AIDS. HIV attacks the body’s immune system which can make it harder for the body to fight off infections. HIV can be treated and managed so that individuals with HIV can lead healthy lives. With treatment, someone’s HIV can become undetectable. If someone’s HIV is undetectable, it cannot be passed onto another person.
- What is the HPV vaccine?
- HPV stands for human papillomavirus. It is a common sexually transmitted virus that can lead to certain cancers and diseases later in life. The HPV vaccine helps protect you against the types of HPV that can cause genital warts and certain cancers. You will need to receive 3 doses of the HPV vaccine since you are over the age of 14. HPV vaccination is recommended for everyone through age 26, though adults over 26 may want to get the HPV vaccine.
- Which services should I get?
- The HPV vaccine is recommended for everyone. If you are not currently sexually active the HPV vaccine protects you before you are exposed. Those who are currently sexually active can still be protected from the types of HPV they haven’t been exposed to yet.
- HIV testing is recommended for everyone. Everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 should get tested at least once for HIV.
- STI testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea is recommended for anyone who has ever been sexually active.
- consider getting STI and HIV testing. You can still get the HPV vaccine if you have not already been vaccinated.
- If you are not sexually active, consider getting tested for HIV. Everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 should get tested at least once. The HPV vaccine is also for someone who is not currently sexually active.
- If the services are free, why do I need to bring my health insurance card?
- Your health insurance card will be needed for the HPV vaccine. HIV testing will not require your health insurance card. If you are unsure about the services you would like, it is best to come prepared with your health insurance card.
- Even if a health care provider does not file health insurance, most healthcare providers will keep insurance information on file.