MindBody Connection helps students know their status

Marlee Newman

Every second Tuesday of the month, free STD testing is offered to students at the MindBody Connection, located in room 112 of the Student Success Center.  MindBody Connection administers STD testing in a private and convenient environment, and receive results with minimal wait time.

Langston Jones, Community Prevention Specialist at the Good Samaritan Project, Kansas City’s oldest HIV/AIDS awareness center, said many young adults shy away from getting an STD test because they would rather not learn the results.

“Many young people have an already-at-risk mentality,” he said. “They might tell themself that it’s impossible to completely escape [the possibility of] contracting an STD, which gives an excuse to dismiss getting a test done and finding out their status.”

According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 20,842 cases of Chlamydia and 5,015 cases of Gonorrhea were reported among young people ages 15-24 in 2011, the two most common sexually transmitted diseases. The number of reported HIV cases increased from 2011 to 2012. According to a study by the Missouri Health Department, “there have been 282 new HIV disease diagnoses from January to June 2012. In comparison, there were 258 new HIV disease diagnoses reported during the same time period in 2011.”

“The turn-out [at the testings] varies roughly from 10-30 people each time,” Jones said.

He also said that about 10 percent of STDs among young adults in Kansas go untreated.

Most STDs are curable.  If diagnosed early, antiretroviral drugs can be administered to help control the HIV/AIDS virus.

 

photo//Ashley Lane