Get Yourself Tested (GYT) – Part 4!
Ok, it’s the third week of April, and STD Awareness Month is flying by. Have you gotten yourself tested? If you are sexually active and at risk, you need to get moving.
One of the toughest things about testing is taking the first step. Are you:
- Embarrassed to call and make an appointment?
- Afraid the person on the phone will think less of you?
- Worried about confidentiality?
- Afraid of walking into the clinician’s office and talking face to face?
- Thinking that you couldn’t possibly talk about your sexual history?
- Concerned that someone you know will see you?
- Wondering if Mom, or Dad (or Aunt Rose in Pittsburgh) will find out you were here?
- Not sure what to ask?
To ease your mind, here are some facts:
- Student Health Services staff works with college students all the time and we won’t judge you
- We know you worry about confidentiality and we protect your trust to the fullest extent possible
- If you are 18 or older, we will not talk to Aunt Rose or anyone without your consent
- We get to talk to students about lots of things – nothing much will shock us, if you know what I mean
- Wilce Student Health Services is a busy place, so if you see your lab partner, tell them you are here to talk about hair loss, or athlete’s foot, or something less embarrassing
Ok, ready to take that first step? Here you go:
- Decide where you want to go – Student Health, Community Clinic, Health Department, Private Doctor?
- If you are coming to Wilce Student Health Center, call 292-4321
- When you get on the phone, just say “I’d like an STD screen, please.”
If you need more inspiration to make that appointment, take a look at this message from the President.
NEXT WEEK – Talking to your doc.
See you at Wilce! (Don’t worry, I’ll pretend I don’t know you.)
Roger Miller, MD (SHS Preventive Medicine) for BuckMD