It is difficult for today's college students to get accurate facts regarding sexually transmitted diseases (STI's). The media often hypes certain information and ignores other facts. Plus there is a lot that is simply unknown to the medical community regarding some sexually transmitted diseases, like herpes and HIV. One fact is certain. Sexually transmitted diseases are preventable. The following information is provided to give you the most up to date facts on the most common infections. The decision to become sexually active has never been easy. Talk with your partner(s). Discuss your concerns. Communicate!
Most commonly used test for STI's is a simple urine test, by a physical examination, or in some cases a blood test is done. A PAP smear tests for the presence of cancer-causing cells and is not designed to diagnose STI's. All are available at Student Health by appointment.
Linfield Student Health Wellness and Counseling 503-883-2535
Yamhill County Health Department 503-883-7525
Your family doctor or other local health clinics
McMinnville Planned Parenthood (888) 875-7820
Cascade AIDS Project - Gay & Bisexual men 503-223-5907
National STD Hotline (M-F 8am-11pm) 1-800-227-8922
AIDS Information Hotline (24hr) 1-800-342-AIDS
Herpes Hotline 1-919-361-8488