HIV and STI presentation educates students on dangers of infectionsNews

HIV speaker

HIV speakerBy Rocco Scarcello

Sexual health education is a very important thing for a college campus to talk about, and Missouri Valley College’s Student Health Services brought in Erika Holliday, certified health education specialist and North-Central HIV health educator with the Columbia / Boone County Public Health and Human Services, to give a presentation to interested students.

Holliday, who covers 37 counties in the state, was on campus on Wednesday, March 22, to give the presentation in the Malcolm Center’s Bacon Room at 3:30 p.m.. The event was open to students, faculty, and any other staff members  Students in attendance were entered into a drawing for $25 worth of gift cards.

Different areas of emphasis included looking at what HIV, AIDS, and STI’s are, transmission, incidence, and treatment, as well as telling stories, showing a video, and discussed why the students should care.

Holliday will return on April 11 to administer free STI/HIV testing. Getting tested and having a good general knowledge of how to be safe sexually are extremely important, Holliday said.

“I think that it’s important to know that the most common diseases don’t have any symptoms,” Holliday said, “and it’s easy for someone to have it and have no idea. But also, know that almost all of the health departments have these services offered.”

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