Students Not Given Adequate STD and Sex Health Information Before Going To College

Students Not Given Adequate STD and Sex Health Information Before Going To College

Col­lege stu­dents, many times before they engage in sex­u­al behav­ior, are not giv­en access to edu­ca­tion for sex­u­al and repro­duc­tive health. The major­i­ty of states have no laws that demand prop­er med­ical sex edu­ca­tion course be taught such as Ken­tucky. There, stu­dents are taught sex edu­ca­tion by an unqual­i­fied teacher who shows slideshows of gen­i­tal her­pes to scare stu­dents into not hav­ing sex.

This inef­fec­tive form of sex edu­ca­tion impacts all stu­dents well into adulthood.

Col­lege stu­dents who did not get the prop­er sex edu­ca­tion in high school are seek­ing it now. They are learn­ing when to have sex when they shouldn’t have it, when to get con­sent from their part­ner and ask­ing about STDs and test­ing. They are find­ing out that it’s okay to ask ques­tions and to be open about bound­aries and fantasies.

Zer­foss Stu­dent Health Cen­ter is one of the best ser­vices for the cam­pus of Van­der­bilt Uni­ver­si­ty Med­ical Cen­ter that encour­ages open con­ver­sa­tions about sex­u­al health. Even though it offers rou­tine STD test­ing, it’s some­thing most Van­der­bilt stu­dents dismiss.

Stu­dents who vis­it the stu­dent health cen­ter use the com­put­ers to check in. A nurse calls them back to a pri­vate room where their blood pres­sure and weight are tak­en. They’ll also be asked about what brought them to the health cen­ter. After sev­er­al min­utes, anoth­er nurse will come to talk to the student.

For stu­dents who have nev­er been test­ed, the nurse will ask a series of ques­tions that may spark some lev­el of un-com­fort­a­bil­i­ty. Some ques­tions stu­dents will be asked include how many part­ners they have had since becom­ing sex­u­al­ly active, if their part­ners are male or female, how many part­ners they’ve had in the last six months.

The health center’s staff is there to offer sup­port to patients, not shame or embar­rass them. It’s impor­tant for col­lege stu­dents to be upfront their health cen­ter staff.

Once the staff has tak­en the sex­u­al his­to­ry, stu­dents are then asked to vis­it the lab to get test­ed. The first set of tests are for chlamy­dia and gon­or­rhea. Ladies will go to a bath­room with a vial of liq­uid and long cot­ton swab, which they insert into their vagi­na for a sam­ple. It is then placed in the vial and placed in a bas­ket. Men will need to pro­vide a urine sam­ple for these tests.

For peo­ple who choose HIV and syphilis test­ing, blood work is ordered, and a lab tech­ni­cian will with­draw some blood.

The results come back after sev­er­al days. For Van­der­bilt stu­dent, they’ll receive an email with a link to their MyHealth account. Here, they can find out their test results and instruc­tions on what to do next if they test­ed pos­i­tive for something.

Cam­pus Health Cen­ters are an impor­tant part of col­lege life with high­ly respect­ful staff that make stu­dents’ health their key pri­or­i­ty. It’s impor­tant that stu­dents feel com­fort­able and are hon­est with staff at all times. STD tests are nev­er sent to fam­i­ly mem­bers, and noth­ing goes on their insur­ance with­out pri­or approval.

Van­der­bilt stu­dents with the Gal­lagher stu­dent insur­ance can get test­ed for syphilis, HIV, gon­or­rhea and chlamy­dia for free. If pay­ing out of pock­et, the tests are $5 apiece. Stu­dents are advised to be test­ed every six months to ensure they are free of these com­mon STDs.


Related Articles
Montgomery County Schools To Provide Condoms To High School Students
News
Montgomery County Schools To Provide Condoms To High School Students
When high school kids go back to school in four Montgomery County, Maryland public high…
5 Key Ways People Can Protect Themselves Against STDs
STDs
5 Key Ways People Can Protect Themselves Against STDs
Sexually transmitted infections are rising, hitting a record 2.3 million U.S. cases in…
Black Tea Could Protect Body From STD Parasite
STDs
Black Tea Could Protect Body From STD Parasite
The U.S. Department of Agriculture conducted a study looking at black tea, and the agency found…