STDs Rising at University of Central Florida
April 29, 2009
April is STD Awareness Month, and the medical director of the University of Central Florida (UCF) Health Services wants students to know they may be at risk. An increasing number of students have been diagnosed with an STD, said Michael Deichen.
During 2008, the Health Center had 1,780 students request STD screening, said Deichen. In addition, around 9,900 females had routine exams during which they would have been offered screening for STDs.
Karen Yerkes, a nurse practitioner with Health Services, surveyed 96 female students as they came in for routine exams during the week of March 30. The purpose was to increase awareness of chlamydia and to assess how learning needs are met in the Women's Clinic. Sixty-one percent initially answered all four questions about the STD correctly. After consulting with providers, she said, all of the females correctly responded to the questions.
"We had a 100 percent learning outcome," said Yerkes. "The patients who answered incorrectly on the pre-test demonstrated learning by answering correctly on the post-test."
04.23.2009; Janelle Kuehnert, Central Florida Future