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WKU Health Services : Free HIV Testing

The Risk is not Knowing

The WKU Free OraQuick HIV Testing Program

Free HIV Testing is offered monthly by the WKU Health Education Department. Testing is discreet, ANONYMOUS, and painless. It involves a quick mouth swab conducted by trained professionals and results are available in 20 minutes. It is a first come, first serve sign-up for a time slot at the front desk of Health Services.

Do not eat 20 minutes before your scheduled testing time.

Arrive 10 minutes early, or your time slot cannot be guaranteed.

*To earn WellU credit, you must fill out a preventative care slip provided by your tester and drop it in the WellU box located at the check-out desk before you leave.

TESTING IS ANONYMOUS OR CONFIDENTIAL AND RESULTS ARE IN 20 MINUTES!

 

Testing Schedule 2013-2014 School Year:

All dates are on Tuesdays from 10:00am to 3:30pm at WKU Health Services.

September 24th

February 11th

October 15th

March 25th *Canceled

November 12th

April 15th

December 3rd

May 6th

 *March 25th testing date will be canceled due to Healthy Days being rescheduled on the same day. Sorry for the inconvenience.

NOTE TO FACULTY & STAFF: If you are interested in sending your class through the HIV Testing for extra credit as a whole group or as individuals, please notify Kathryn Steward at least 3 days before the scheduled date of testing. This will assure that there are enough tests and staffing to handle the volume of tests that will be required. You may notify Kathryn by phone (270) 745-5033 or email: kathryn.steward@wku.edu.

**  If you are unable to wait for a free testing date, please contact Kathryn Steward (270-745-5033) to see if a separate appointment can be set for testing. 

Testing is provided through trained volunteers with WKU Health Services, TopperWell Peer Health Educators, Barren River District Health Department and Matthew 25.

 
HIV Basics:

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. Unlike some other viruses, the human body cannot get rid of HIV. That means that once you have HIV, you have it for life. 

Transmission: 

HIV is transmitted by blood and body fluids, including semen and pre-ejaculatory fluid ("pre-cum"), cervical or vaginal secretions and breast milk. HIV is not transmitted by saliva, sweat, tears or urine. HIV can be acquired by direct exposure to these fluids via sexual contact with an infected person; by direct exposure to infected blood; and from an HIV-infected woman to her fetus during pregnancy or childbirth or to her infant during breastfeeding.

Reducing Your Risk: 

You can reduce the risk of acquiring HIV through abstinence, if sexually active - consistent use of condoms, and getting routine testing for sexually transmitted infections (STI's).

Testing Options at WKU: 

HIV and other sexually transmitted infections testing is offered at WKU Health Services and can be scheduled by calling: 270-745-5641. Free HIV OraQuick (rapid) testing dates are listed above. 

For additional information on HIV Testing and counseling education please contact Kathryn Steward at kathryn.steward@wku.edu or 270-745-5033.

For HIV care coordination assistance, please contact the Matthew 25 Clinic at:  270-826-0200 or toll free at:  1-866-607-6590. 

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 Last Modified 9/25/14