Nursing students want people to stop the spread and protect

Truman State University's Nursing Student Association held free confidential HIV, gonorrhea and chlamydia testing clinic Tuesday.

One health organization is trying to stop the spread of STD's and HIV.

On Tuesday, Truman State University's Nursing Student Association held an open to the public clinic for free confidential HIV testing and urine screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia.

There was also a health fair where students could ask questions about the subject and take free safe sex items, such as condoms, to keep available.

The group's goal is to "Stop the spread. Detect and protect."

"It's important because gonorrhea and chlamydia are silent ones and so is HIV in the beginning. Nobody really knows they have it. They don't have any symptoms. They might not show anything. One partner leads to another partner which just spreads out from there so the infections can run rapid," said Truman Nursing Student Abigail Howe.

The HIV test involved a finger-prick blood test and patients were able to get results in about an hour.

The test for gonorrhea and chlamydia was sent to a laboratory for processing. The results for that test will be provided to students at the Student Health Center.