Title IX Office Hosts Second Annual STI Testing Event in Honor of World AIDS Day

By Sophie Lange, Assistant News Editor

On Dec. 7, the Office of Sexual Respect and Title IX held an event for World AIDS Day that offered free HIV and STI testing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the CUB Ballroom. The testing, which was provided by Family First Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, included rapid HIV testing as well as testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis.

Title IX Coordinator and Director of Civil Rights Compliance and Education Amanda Blaugher explained that this was the second annual HIV and STI testing event in recognition of World AIDS Day. She noted that students have expressed appreciation for the ability to have free STI testing available on campus, and this is why the Office of Sexual Respect and Title IX offers these opportunities once a semester.

Blaugher said, “We want for our students to be able to access this testing and to raise awareness about STIs and HIV. This year Family First Health and the PA Department of Health expanded their partnership with us for this event and provided additional educational materials for students to be able to learn from while they were waiting for results, or for those who might not [have] wanted to go through the testing.”

Family First Health is a community-centered Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that offers a wide range of services beyond STI testing, including routine health exams, immunizations, family planning and pregnancy care, behavioral health services, substance use services and dental care.

Community health worker for Family First Health Emily Graft said, “It’s important to have that education of how it [STIs] could be spread, whether it be by unprotected sex, or when it comes to HIV, through substance use…Also, when you’re in the college age, a lot of us are still under our parents’ insurance. To have a free, confidential place for someone to go [get tested] and not have the fear of repercussions is very important.”

Representatives answering student questions and providing resources. (Photo Joshua Fackler/The Gettysburgian)

Representatives answering student questions and providing resources. (Photo Joshua Fackler/The Gettysburgian)

Resources provided in the Ballroom. (Photo Joshua Fackler/The Gettysburgian)

Resources provided in the Ballroom. (Photo Joshua Fackler/The Gettysburgian)

Representatives from the PA Department of Health. (Photo Joshua Fackler/The Gettysburgian)

Representatives from the PA Department of Health. (Photo Joshua Fackler/The Gettysburgian)

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Author: Sophie Lange

Sophie Lange is the News Editor for The Gettysburgian. Previously, she served as a Staff Writer for the News section. Sophie is an Environmental Studies, Spanish and Public Policy triple major from northern Maryland. On campus, she is a research assistant for the Environmental Studies Department and a member of the Interfaith Council. In her free time, Sophie enjoys spending time outdoors and writing.

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