‘Know Your Status’ Day Today in Student Center
The first annual ‘Know Your Status’ HIV Testing Day is happening today from 12–2 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the Student Center. Tests are done with oral swabs and each appointment takes about thirty minutes, said Kate McCarthy, program manager for sexual health and the organizer of the event. Most of the thirty spots available are reserved, but if space is available walk-ins will be accepted, McCarthy said.
Students can also get tested privately and on other days by setting up appointments with MIT Medical.
‘Know Your Status’ Day coincides with the annual World AIDS Day. Statistics say that 1 in 500 students will become HIV positive and 1 in 4 college students will contract another STD. McCarthy said that Medical hopes that the event will help destigmatize sexually transmitted disease testing.