Free STD testing, including urine testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia and blood testing for HIV, are available during walk-in hours in Markoe Hall for all students.
The Student Health Education and Compliance Office partnered with the Douglas County Health Department to continue to offer this service free of charge for students.
STD testing was formerly free during visits with a primary provider at Creighton Student Health Services but is not offered for free at the CHI Health Student Care Clinic, which replaced Student Health Services in June 2019.
“It is important to eliminate barriers to health care. The Student Health Education and Compliance Office had the opportunity to continue to offer free HIV/STD testing and treatment on campus,” said Angela Maynard, the associate director of the office and a registered nurse. “It made sense to keep the service available for Creighton students.”
The funding for testing and treatment comes from state-funded programs.
Maynard said the initial STD testing event in September overwhelmed the DCHD with about 60 participants. Through the end of 2019, about 100 urine tests and 50 HIV tests have been performed, she said.
The DCHD will contact students by phone if they have a positive test. The student must sign a release in order to receive treatment on campus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that people ages 15 to 24 make up half of the 20 million sexually transmitted infections that occur every year in the U.S.
“I do encourage students to take full advantage of this opportunity, as sexual health is something both important for the individual and the Creighton community as a whole,” said Olivia Tidwell, a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Tidwell said she is concerned that there are not more proactive actions to prevent STDs on campus, including discussion of safe sex practices.
Maynard said that this care promotes “the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.”
“It made sense to partner with the DCHD to offer free testing and treatment in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church,” Maynard said.
The upcoming walk-in hours are scheduled for Feb. 20, March 19 and April 20.