A souvenir you won’t want

Your summer was fabulous, filled with friends, sunny days and a killer tan.

And while many people will ask you, “What did you do this summer?” the question you should be asking yourself is, “Who did you do this summer?”

Maybe you met them at camp, on the beach or on vacation.

Maybe you still talk everyday and have plans to stay together.

Maybe that one night of passion on the dock was all you were looking for.

Or maybe you are the modern day Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson and you have miraculously found each other at UVM.

Either way, it’s time to get yourself tested.

While the anonymity of summer lovin’ can be fun and exciting, it can also carry risks. The carefree nature of summer flings lends itself well to unprotected sex.

Your partner may have sworn up and down they were clean. But were they?

You may feel fine, but most STI’s don’t present themselves with noticeable symptoms.

Luckily, getting tested at UVM is very easy.

All you have to do is call Student Health Services and make an appointment for a urine test, which will test for gonorrhea and chlamydia, the two most common STIs, according to the Center for Disease Control and Protection.

You can also ask to be screened for herpes and have a blood test ordered to test for HIV.

Your results will be sent to your “mywellbeing” account, where you can communicate through direct message with your primary care provider if need be.

So as you make your back-to-school to-do lists, tack on a visit to the Student Health Center so you can start the school year off lean, mean and clean.