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Friday, September 24, 2021

Letters to the Editor

Health Education & Promotion (HEP) would like to thank Katelyn Ringrose for her continued focus on the topic of sexual health, especially the Nov. 14 column focusing on sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

While it is true that there are a variety of STIs, it is important for students to be aware that the most common bacterial STI among UC Davis students is chlamydia.

Studies show that approximately 50 percent of men and 75 percent of women will not show symptoms for chlamydia and, if left untreated, this infection can cause long-term consequences for both men and women.

The good news is that chlamydia is easily curable with antibiotics and can be detected with a simple urine test. In fact, Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) offers a low-cost combined chlamydia and gonorrhea test that can be easily requested online through Health-e-Messaging (shcs.ucdavis.edu/hem).

This online option allows students, in most circumstances, to drop by the SHCS Laboratory and complete the process without making an appointment with a provider.

For students with questions about SHCS STI testing services, visit shcs.ucdavis.edu/sti.

Jason B. Spitzer, MPH
Sexual, Social & Stress Health Educator
Health Education & Promotion
UC Davis Student Health & Counseling Services

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