According to aids.gov, every 9.5 minutes, one person in the U.S. is infected with HIV. One in five people currently living with HIV is unaware he or she has it.
This Wednesday, MindBody Connection will offer free HIV, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Testing in the Student Success Center Room 112 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The free testing is sponsored by Student Health and Wellness and was set up through the Good Samaritan Project.
HIV facts, signs and symptoms:
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the estimated number of HIV diagnoses of 18-to-24 year olds in the U.S. was 10,294.
African-American men are most at risk of HIV infection. However, men and women of all races and ethnicities are affected.
The majority of infections are spread through male-to-male sexual contact, but women are also capable of contracting HIV.
The infection can be spread through contact with blood, semen, vaginal fluids and breast milk.
During the initial infection, a person may experience flu-like symptoms. These symptoms are followed by a period where the infected person experiences no symptoms, but as the disease progresses the person is much more likely to get sick as the infection attacks the immune system.
HIV has the potential to turn into AIDS, a disease in which the body’s infection-killing cells are destroyed. AIDS was discovered during the ’80s, and since then, more than 600,000 people who contracted the disease in the U.S. have died.
Chlamydia facts, signs and symptoms:
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that affects both women and men.
According to the CDC, in 2011 1,412,791 cases of chlamydia were reported, but an estimated 2.86 million infections occur annually. An estimated 1 in 15 sexually active females between the ages of 14 and 19 has the disease.
Many people do not know they have the disease because symptoms can remain silent for up to several weeks. Symptoms include abnormal vaginal discharge or a burning sensation in women.
Symptoms can move up to the uterus and fallopian tubes and cause pelvic inflammatory disease.
Infected men may experience a penile discharge or a burning sensation while urinating.
Gonorrhea facts, signs and symptoms:
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease bacterium that can grow in the cervix, uterus and fallopian tubes in women, and in the urethra of both men and women. It can also grow in the mouth, eyes, throat and anus.
According to the CDC, of the 820,000 annual cases of gonorrhea, around 70 percent are in 15-to-24 year olds.
Many men and women will not ever show any symptoms of the disease. If they do, symptoms in women include painful urination, increased vaginal discharge or vaginal bleeding. Symptoms in men include a white, yellow or green urethral discharge, or testicular pain.
Because sexually transmitted diseases are so prevalent among college-aged students, students who are sexually active are encouraged to get the free testing.