The University of Wyoming Student Health Service is offering free sexually transmitted disease (chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV) testing for UW students Thursday, April 13, from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Center Ballroom. Free pizza will be available to students.

Gonorrhea image/CDC
Gonorrhea image/CDC

Student Health Service, in partnership with the Wyoming Department of Health, Albany County Public Health, Wyoming Public Health and the Wellness Ambassadors, is sponsoring the event.

According to health data, one in 17 individuals in Wyoming between the ages of 15-24 has chlamydia. And more than half of those infected with chlamydia, and many more infected with gonorrhea and those with HIV infections (until AIDS develops) may not have any symptoms, says Joanne Steane, UW Student Health Service director.

At the free testing event, students will collect their own chlamydia and gonorrhea specimens in the bathroom. Males will collect a urine specimen in a cup and should not urinate one hour before testing; women will collect a vaginal sample. Students who want to be tested for HIV will have a fingerstick blood sample obtained. No physical exam is involved, Steane says.

“The Wyoming Union is not a confidential setting. If this is a concern, students should consider making an appointment for private testing at the Student Health Service,” she adds.

To make an appointment, call 766-2130. Students can obtain a voucher from for free chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV testing during a scheduled appointment.

“If you have symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection, you will not obtain treatment at this event,” Steane says. “Please consider making an appointment for testing at the Student Health Service, where you can receive testing, an examination — if appropriate — and treatment in one visit. Students also can obtain a voucher for free testing.”

For more information, call Student Health Service at 766-2130.