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Valley Students "Love Responsibly"

More than 20 students got tested for HIV, thanks to an event held by the Student Health Center.

By Fatima Jimenez | Staff Photographer
On March 20, 2012

 

This Valentine's Day, some Valley College students received the gift of free HIV testing through the Student Health Center's annual event, "Love Responsibly."

The rapid HIV testing van was located at the Allied Health & Science Center from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. "Love Responsibly," organized by the Student Health Center, was created to promote safe sex. The event also included a "Living with HIV" lecture by Ken Murray in the Student Service Center's multipurpose room, and Planned Parenthood was also on campus for students to use as a resource.

Many walked by the testing van, looked at the sign and contemplated whether they should get tested; a total of 25 students checked to see if they were positive or negative.

Monica Hernandez, a counselor who has been with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation for three years, said 25 students was an exceptional turnout. On average, two to 10 people are considered a good number.

"Many people do not realize how easy it is to get free testing," said Hernandez.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Student Health Center provided pamphlets with information on AIDS prevention along with goodie bags containing mints and condoms to promote students to love responsibly.

Students who missed the opportunity can visit the closest Out of the Closet used clothing store or the website freeHIVtest.net to find locations providing free testing.


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