TAMIU Sets STD Fair
Thursday, April 20
One of the populations most susceptible to Sexually Transmitted Diseases
(STDs), college-age students, will be the beneficiaries of a special STD Information
Fair at Texas A&M International University on Thursday, April 20 from 1
- 4 p.m. in the Student Center rotunda (first floor).
The Fair, hosted by TAMIU Student Health Services, will feature a variety of
booths providing information and referrals.
Angie Cantrell, TAMIU nurse and director of Student Health Services, said
the Fair offers a proactive way for students to receive information and become
aware of STDs and their ramifications.
"The nation's college-age students
are an especially at-risk population and we are especially committed to
providing them with relevant information that can help them to prevent STDs,
some of which can have life-long ramifications," Cantrell
Cantrell said that nationally certain STDs are on the rise, while
others are showing signs of some decrease, depending on the particular STDs.
example, the National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention (NCHSTP) has
indicated that Chlamydia is on the decline, but for the first time in two
decades, Gonorrhea is on the increase. Syphilis has declined, but Genital
Herpes in on the increase, especially among teens and young adults,. HIV
infections are on the rise in some populations and decreasing in others," she
She said that many at-risk populations do not always realize that STDs
have very real personal, public health and quality of life impacts.
can result in intangible costs related to pain, suffering, and a diminished
quality of life. In 1994, the direct and indirect costs of major STDs
and their complications were estimated to total almost $17 billion
annually, according to the NCHSTP," she said.
The University's Student
Health Services is a dedicated care clinic that seeks to assist in the development
and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle so students can participate fully
in academic and extracurricular activities. Its mission is to provide quality,
accessible, comprehensive and cost-effective primary healthcare for each
For additional information, contact Student Health Services at 326.2235,
or visit offices in Student Center Room 125.
Office hours are
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.
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