University of Michigan students have the highest number of positive STD tests of any college or university whose students have tested with STDcheck.com. We measured our data based on how many individuals signed up for our STD testing using their student email address and how many of those email addresses came back with a positive test result. The Wolverines are leading our positive test results statistics, and it looks like access to local testing may play a part in why.
Intimidating Testing Locations
UMich’s main campus is in Ann Arbor, and its two flagship campuses are in Flint and Dearborn, Michigan. To get tested in the county, students can visit the Washtenaw County jail or juvenile detention center– two places students are likely to feel even more uncomfortable in during an already uncomfortable situation. Alternatively, they can visit the local Planned Parenthood in Ann Arbor.
The sexual health webpages of the University of Michigan’s University Health Services site mentions that they offer free HIV testing to students. It also mentions that they do STI testing, but they do not say which STIs students can get tested for and how much it might cost them. We totally understand why Wolverines are visiting STDcheck.com’s locally partnered labs to give blood or urine samples for STD testing when they may have to get a swab test done for an unknown price via its University Health Services. Using our services, students don’t have to make an awkward phone call to discuss pricing or what type of test(s) might be done. They also don’t have to visit a county jail or juvy center.
Oh Hell ‘NAW
According to Washtenaw County’s HIV/STD statistics from 2006-2016, the rates for chlamydia and gonorrhea have increased every year for the past 10 years, with both of these bacterial infections spiking greatly since 2015.
There were 44,718 students enrolled at the University of Michigan in the Fall of 2016, and while we are happy some of them are getting tested, there needs to more STD testing resources for these students. HIV testing is super important, but there are few testing resources available to Wolverines in their surrounding area regarding other STDs.
STDcheck.com offers testing for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes type 1 and 2, and hepatitis A, B and C. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the population between the ages of 15 and 24 make up more than one-fourth of the sexually active population, but this group accounts for half of the 20 million new sexually transmitted infections that occur in the US each year– many college students fall within this age range.