Get Yourself Tested
With young adults, 15 to 24 years old, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the reported chlamydia diagnoses and half of the gonorrhea diagnoses, STI testing, prevention and treatment has never been more important on college campuses.
To help battle the alarming and rising trends of STIs, the health center offers “Get Yourself Tested” (GYT) testing appointments for chlamydia and gonorrhea — the two most common STIs among college students.
GYT Clinic Hours & Location
The GYT Clinic operates out of the health center’s Primary Care Clinic (located on the first floor), and an appointment can be made on the Patient Portal or by calling 479-575-4451. Select "Messages" in the Patient Portal to request GYT Testing.
How does GYT Clinic work?
The GYT Clinic offers easy and convenient testing for patients experiencing no symptoms, and is a reduced rate/self-pay fee. Patients can expect their results within 2-3 business days. Patients with symptoms should make an appointment with a medical provider for further evaluation and likely, additional testing.
Please Note: The PREFERRED test for females with no symptoms and not on their period is a SELF-vaginal swab but urine testing is also available. For males with no symptoms and females with no symptoms preferring urine testing, please do not urinate for 1-2 hrs prior to your scheduled lab appointment to ensure we obtain an optimal sample.
Why get tested?
1 in 2 sexually active young people will get a sexually transmitted disease (STD) by 25. And of the approximately 20 million new STDs that occur every year in the United States, most will go undiagnosed. The only way to know for sure if you have an STD is to GYT.
What happens if I test positive?
Many STDs are curable and all are treatable. If either you or your partner is infected with an STD that can be cured, both of you need to start treatment immediately to avoid getting re-infected.
However, if left untreated the infection can lead to serious and permanent health problems, even if you never have symptoms.
How can I prevent myself from getting an STI?
While practicing abstinence is the surest way to prevent contracting STIs, using condoms and having fewer partners can greatly reduce risk.