April 29, 2009
April is STD Awareness Month, and the medical director of the University of Central Florida (UCF) Health Services wants students to know they may be at risk. An increasing number of students have been diagnosed with an STD, said Michael Deichen.
All month, a sign in front of the Student Union and the Recreation and Wellness Center is promoting the awareness event. The Health Center is handing out STD information as well as giveaways such as vouchers for free HIV testing, condoms, pens, and bracelets.
According to Deichen, a study conducted in 2005 found 5.8 percent of UCF students were positive for chlamydia, which often has no symptoms. The study also found 1 percent of students tested positive for gonorrhea. Deichen said other surveys indicate that up to 50 percent of sexually active college students may be infected with human papillomavirus.
04.23.2009; Janelle Kuehnert, Central Florida Future
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