HIV/STD Testing Dates
- October 5, 2011
- November 2, 2011
- December 7, 2011
- February 1, 2012
- March 7, 2012
- April 4, 2012
- May 2, 2012
All testing takes place on the first Wednesday of every month between 10am and 1:30pm on the 8th floor of 1104 S. Wabash Ave. except the December 7th session which will take place in the Conaway Center on the 2nd floor of 1104 S. Wabash Ave.
Visit the HIV/STD Testing Information page for more information.
On-Campus Condom Distribution
- Counseling Services | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st floor
- Residence Life | 731 S. Plymouth Ct., 1st floor
- Student Health Center | 731 S Plymouth Ct., lower lovel
- College Advising | 623 S. Wabash Ave., Room 300
- Student Relations | 623 S. Wabash Ave., Room 301
- Services for Students with Disabilities | 623 S. Wabash Ave., Room 304
- Conaway Achievement Project | 618 S. Michigan Ave., 1st floor
Over 200,000 people in U.S. are infected with HIV and don’t know it. In an effort to encourage students to use protection and make informed choices, Columbia’s Student Health and Support offices have made it easy, and free, to get condoms and to get tested on campus.
“The current generation of young adults never had exposure to the AIDS epidemic in the 80′s and have not seen the face of HIV/AIDS,” suggests Mark O’Brien, coordinator of Student Relations. “I think young people begin to see HIV/AIDS as a treatable disease without fully realizing all the negative effects. This program raises awareness about HIV/AIDS, facilitates conversations about risky sexual behavior and risk-reduction techniques, and informs students of their status so that they make well-informed sexual decisions.”
Free on-campus testing takes place the first Wednesday of each month between 10am and 1:30pm in the 1104 S. Wabash Ave. building on the 8th floor. Testing includes screenings for HIV and common STDs.
Along with the test, students have one-on-one counseling and a chance to speak with a professional about their sexual behaviors. The initiative is part of Columbia’s comprehensive Safe Sex Program.
“The intent is to encourage students to protect themselves while engaging in sexual activities and to learn about how to reduce or eliminate their exposure to HIV and STDs,” O’Brien says. “Students do not have to be embarrassed or ashamed, we want to put this out in the open and encourage students to utilize these services,” he adds.
The initiative also includes a goal to make Columbia the largest college distributor of free condoms in the United States. Thanks to a donation of 100,000 condoms from the Chicago Department of Public Health, Columbia is able to distribute condoms, for free, to it’s students at multiple locations across campus.