The event will include free on-site testing, counseling and contraceptives.
The Texas Tech University Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center (CCAAC) will host an HIV and AIDS awareness event at noon Thursday (Feb. 2) in the Lubbock Room of the Student Union Building.
The event will include on-site testing and counselors from StarCare Lubbock who can provide additional information about results and follow-up care. The event is free and open to all Texas Tech students, but testing supplies are limited and identification, like a state-issued or student ID, is required.
Keanu Ramos, CCAAC coordinator, said StarCare will provide a confidentiality form to participants that prohibits results from being released to anyone besides the person tested.
"Getting an HIV test is quick, easy and free at this event," Ramos said. "Getting tested is also the only way to know for sure whether you have been infected, and testing early can help put your mind at ease and reduce the anxiety of not knowing."
Students at the event will have access to contraceptives provided by StarCare, and information on sexually transmitted diseases and how to prevent infection. CCAAC also will provide information about resources for those who have or who know someone who may have HIV or AIDS.