Sexually Transmitted Diseases

STI is an abbreviation for Sexually Transmitted Infection. You may also know an STI as a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or venereal disease (VD). An STI is an infection acquired through sexual contact. Not all STI’s are transmitted in the same way. Some include contact with bodily fluids and some are transmitted simply through skin to skin contact. Not everyone who has an STI will show symptoms. A person can have an infection and not be aware of it, passing it on to their partner(s).

Therefore, all sexually active persons should be screened for STI’s.

The Health Care Clinic has a variety of opportunities for patients to obtain a STI screening.

  1. A patient may come to the Health Care Clinic as a walk-in to obtain screening. 
  2. The Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation also performs STI screenings at the Health Care Clinic every other Wednesday between 9:30a.m. and 12 noon and between 1pm and 2:30pm at no cost to the patient. These screenings are performed on a first come, first served walk-in basis. The hours and availability of outside screeners may vary and are subject to change. Students may call to check on availability of these outside screeners prior to arrival.

In Kingsville, patients may also obtain off-campus STI screening at little to no cost at the

  1. The Men’s and Women’s Clinic Health Services of the Coastal Bend www.wamhs.org
  2. Family Planning Clinic www.stfphc.org/kingsville.html

For more information on STI’s visit the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov/std) or call the National STD Hotline at 1-800-232-4636, available 24 hours a day in English and Spanish.

This page was last updated on: October 20, 2017