While many students feel the stigma of discussing sexual wellness and sexually transmitted infections with healthcare providers, ASU students can still take full responsibility of their sexual health using accessible resources.
Published in May 2022, the Arizona 2019 Annual STI Report reports that adults under 25 account for 52% of all STI infections in Arizona.
One of the most effective ways to reduce STI contraction is by using a barrier, like a condom or dental dam, during every sex act. For this reason, ASU has free condoms and dental dams offered in every health center.
Another way to reduce rates of STI transmission is by being tested regularly. ASU offers walk-in STI testing on all campuses through the health center.
"For walk-in testing, students can choose the tests they would like for a fee of $20 each. Walk-in STI testing can include one or all of the following tests: 1) Gonorrhea; 2) Chlamydia; 3) HIV and 4) Syphilis," a University spokesperson said in an email.
"Walk-in STI testing is ONLY recommended for those who are NOT having symptoms. If an individual has any symptoms of STI, it is recommended they see a medical provider for evaluation," the University spokesperson said.
Students who want to prevent the spread of STIs, but are also not comfortable or able to use ASU services, can also find accessible testing and free condoms and dental dams through Planned Parenthood.