Story by LeKyndra Duncan
The Black Student Union hosted a free HIV testing for the students of Missouri Valley College on Wednesday, Aug. 29 in the Ferguson Center.
According to Aids.gov, one in every five people living with HIV is unaware of infection. “Informing people about their status, to make sure they are being safe at all times,” said BSU Vice President Brianna Daniels who is a senior.
Senior Alex McCallum was one of the students to get tested. McCallum said, “I think this is a good idea for our peers to host the HIV testing. It makes people feel more comfortable about being tested.”
Every 9.5 minutes, someone in the U.S. is infected with HIV (aids.gov).
Cale Mitchell, executive director of Rain, was administering the HIV test. Rain is a nonprofit organization that provides HIV testing and case management as well as STD, STI, and Hepatitis C prevention and testing.
“The only way to protect yourself and people you love is to know your status.” With one little prick of your finger and a 15-minute process, the knowledge awaits you.
While students were waiting for the test result, BSU also provided a variety of condoms, lube and other protection used to prevent HIV, STD’s, and STI’s.
BSU is a minority group that gets together to be involved and have a voice on campus. This year the group is aiming for hosting several more events such as health and education seminars, and also more fun campus activities, such as skating.
“We had about 25 people in our last meeting. We get together every other Wednesday. Anybody can come out and join. Your race does not matter,” said BSU president Delmeko Jordan, who is a sophomore.
Knowing your status is very important, and for some that 15-minute process, free goodies and knowing they tested negative was the positive outcome of their day.