September is Sexual Health Awareness Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there has been an alarming increase in the rates of sexually transmitted diseases and infections such as Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and many more, in Washington, D.C.


There are many myths and misconceptions of STDs/STIs and condom use which can burden your health. A popular one is: “You can only get an STD/STI if you have multiple sex partners”. People also think that it may be awkward or embarrassing to get tested together. Others even feel that they do not want to use condoms because “there is no feeling.”


Your sexual health is extremely important. Therefore, if you are sexually active, it is important to get tested! For sexually active people, STDs/STIs can compromise their general health or lead to an incurable, lifelong affliction. Getting tested for STDs is the only way for a sexually active person to be sure of their status and stop the spread of STDs/STIs among their sexual partners and beyond.


At the Howard University Student Health Center, testing is offered 9am – 3pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Services offered are STD/STI screening, HIV screening and counseling, and health education. You do not need an appointment and it is covered by your health insurance which is included in tuition.