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Free STD, HIV mobile testing clinic coming to A&M-SA

Free STD, HIV mobile testing clinic coming to A&M-SA - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

AIDS Healthcare Foundation volunteer Julnelle Fortes demonstrates an HIV screening test on fellow volunteer Hector Alcantara on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 in Providence, R.I. Texas A&M University-San Antonio and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District are partnering to bring a mobile health clinic to provide free STD and HIV testing on campus. (Aynsley Floyd/AP Images for AIDS Healthcare Foundation)

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District and Texas A&M University-San Antonio will provide free testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). 

Testing will take place in a mobile clinic that will be stationed in the bus lane of Lot 2 from 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, Feb. 9.

Raul Nandin, a health program specialist for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District said testing will include a blood draw for syphilis and HIV.

Patients will also be tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia. 

Depending on their gender and sexual identity, patients will be asked to provide a urine sample or an oral, rectal or vaginal swab.

Nandin said the patient intake and testing process usually takes about 10-20 minutes.

After being tested, patients will receive a card with the date and phone number to call to find out their results. 

If a patient tests positive for an STD or HIV, they will be contacted by someone from the SAMHD clinic and receive the necessary treatment for their diagnosis for free.

While it’s not required to receive testing, patients are recommended to have a state-issued identification for intake reasons.

The mobile clinic will return to A&M-San Antonio’s campus March 9 and April 13 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and will be stationed in the bus lane of Lot 2 near the auditorium.

For more information about the SAMHD STD and HIV clinics, visit the Metro Health STD/HIV page here

Testing is free and open to anyone in the community.

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 12:53 p.m. on Feb. 10, 2023, to reflect that the mobile clinic checks and treats sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), not sexually transmitted infections (STIs). 

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Amber Esparza
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Amber Esparza is a senior communications major and Managing Editor for The Mesquite at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Amber joined The Mesquite in spring 2021 as a Photo and Multimedia Editor after transferring from the Alamo Colleges with an associate’s degree in communication. Amber has extensive experience in photography, journalism and radio, television and film. In her spare time, Amber enjoys thrift shopping, doing deep dives on the music she’s listening to and watching movies, TV and YouTube. Amber hopes to build a career that can incorporate all of her passions for media and entertainment.

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