Free STD testing on UT campus part of Sex Week

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)--Students at UT are taking a different type of test this week. That's because the controversial sex week is in full swing.

Alexis Meneese spent Monday morning answering questions about herself. Pretty personal questions. Alexis Meneese says, "Everybody needs to know their sexual health."

She took free STD tests to find out if she has one. Meneese says, "I would rather know so I can take care of it if it can be taken care of."
Hope Resources parked its free STD testing bus curbside as part of sex week at UT. They're testng for hiv, climidia and gonhorrea. LuAnne Tilson with the Hope Resource Center says, "Getting that test is important. It's good to know because it affects your life and healthstyle and its free."

Hope's also handing out T-shirts that appeal to college students, the girl's says "Take me fishin -- better a days catch of fish than a lifetime of crabs."

You might think the students would be embarrassed because the bus is on the sidewalk, but they've had a great turnout. Inside the testing is very private. With students just getting back from Spring Break, the timing is pretty good. Tilson says, "There are students who think this would be a good time to take advantage of a service like this and they're not embarrassed at all."

With the cheek swab HIV test results are back in 20 minutes, the climidia and gonhorrea urine tests come back in a week. For Alexis, they're tests that give her peace of mind.

The bus will be parked on Volunteer Drive all week from 9 to 3.


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