North Campus Hosts Confidential HIV Testing


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A student has blood drawn during a demonstration for HIV testing at Miami Jackson Senior High School in Miami, Fla. San Jacinto College students can receive rapid results during free screenings offered on Nov. 30.

San Jacinto College North Campus is offering HIV testing on Nov. 30 where enrolled students can be checked at no charge.

Counselor Moran Tuck said the event was organized to “promote mental and physical health” at the College.

“We provide this service to our students who may not be able to otherwise have it done,” he said. 

The testing campaign is part of an effort to raise awareness in commemoration of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1. Testing is confidential, and results are delivered almost immediately. However, Tuck warns testing positive for HIV can be a devastating diagnosis, but the College offers resources to help students cope.

“The administers of the tests are trained professionals who can provide referrals and answer most questions,” he said. “Students can also visit the counseling office to speak with a professional counselor.”

The office of Educational Planning, Counseling and Completion offered free HIV testing in the fall of 2015 and the spring of 2017, and according to Tuck, many students took advantage of the opportunity each time.

“We have gotten a tremendous response in the past from our students, and I expect the same this semester,” he said. “Many don’t admit, but most are curious about their status.”

HIV testing will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 30 in the lobby of the Student Center (N12) on the North Campus.