Sexual Health Resources
GYT: Get Yourself Tested!
Have you been tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)? Nationally and locally, there has been a recent rise in Chlamydia rates among women, especially in the 18-24 year old age group. Sexually active young people account for half of the 20 million new STIs that occur in the U.S. each year. Some STIs, like chlamydia, are frequently asymptomatic.
- Therefore, STI testing at least once a year is recommended for young people without symptoms.
- More frequent testing is recommended for those with symptoms, new or multiple sexual partners, inconsistent condom use (outside of a monogamous relationship), recent STI diagnosis, and other high risk behaviors.
The GYT Campaign is a national program aimed at encouraging young people to get tested and treated, if needed, for STIs. Click on the links for info about STIs & testing, talking to your partner, condom FAQs, sexual myths, and more.
Doing It RVA is a local STI awareness campaign that offers info on STI prevention (including this how-to-use condoms video), local testing sites, and treatment.
Click here for info about STI testing services offered at Student Health. Scroll down to find free STI testing locations in the Richmond area.
Free HIV/STI Testing
The Well, in collaboration with the Health Brigade and the Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention, will be offering free HIV fingerstick testing to students (VCU ID required) at the Student Commons in the Virginia Rooms from 11am - 3pm (results in 30 minutes) on the following dates:
- Wed, Oct 11, 2017
- Thurs, Nov 30, 2017
Health Brigade (1010 N. Thompson St) offers free HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia testing. You do not have be a Health Brigade clinic patient to request testing. Appointments can be made by email or phone. Click on the link for details.
The Minority Health Consortium (208 E. Clay St, Suite B) offers free HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia testing. Walk-ins are welcome Mon-Fri (10am-5pm) and Wed evenings (6pm-midnight).
The Richmond City Health District Clinical Services (400 E. Cary St, 804-482-5500) offers a variety of STI/HIV services:
- The Tuesday Express Clinic offers free STI screening (gonorrhea, & chlamydia, HIV, & syphilis) from 5pm to 6:30pm, first come first served. This clinic is for patients who do not have symptoms.
- Walk-in STI/HIV Services for testing and treatment are available MWF 7:30am-10:30am & 12:30pm-3:30pm, first come first served. Click on the link above for up-to-date info and hours.
- Most services will be billed on a sliding fee scale or through health insurance. Services may be free depending on the patient's self-reported income level.
- Free treatment is available to anyone who has tested positive (at any location) for gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, and/or syphilis.
- Free testing and treatment is available to anyone who is a known contact to gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, and/or syphilis.
Walgreens offers free walk-in HIV testing at select Richmond area stores:
- Carytown: 3520 Ellwood Ave, 804-342-8864
- East Henrico: 4845 Laburnum Ave, 804-226-4581
- Chesterfield: 10230 Iron Bridge Rd, 804-748-5010
- Hopewell: 3901 Oaklawn Blvd, 804-452-2542
- Petersburg: 26108 Cox Rd, 804-863-4922
- Click on this link for a complete list of Walgreens HIV testing sites in Virginia and Washington, DC.
Go to condomfinder.org to find free condoms near you.
- Student Health offers free condoms to students with appointments. The Student Health Pharmacy also sells a variety of condoms at the low price of 6 for $2.
- The Richmond City Health District (400 East Cary Street) also offers free condoms during regular business hours (Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm).
Plan First provides free birth control options, STI testing, and other services to women and men who meet income limits and other criteria.
Protect Yourself From HPV
Human papillomavirus or HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection. HPV infections can lead to genital warts or certain cancers, including cervical cancer.
- The most important thing women can do to prevent cervical cancer is to get regular Pap Smears beginning at age 21.
- HPV vaccines are also available to protect against HPV infection, no matter your gender. Click here for info about why men should get the HPV vaccine. Students without health insurance can contact our immunization department to see if they qualify for free or discounted Gardasil vaccines.
- Don't forget that condoms are your friend and can protect against HPV.
- Follow this link to check out Women's Health services offered at Student Health.
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