Get Yourself Tested
GYT Tuesdays in Health Services at the Health and Recreation Complex
What: Free and confidential HIV and STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) testing for Butler University students.
Why: 1 in 2 sexually active young people will get an STI by age 25. Most won't know it. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016)
When: Testing is offered on a first-come, first-served basis at Health Services in the Health and Recreation Complex (HRC)
- GYT days are typically the first Tuesday of the month
- 5:30–8:00PM in Health Services at the HRC
- Spring 2018 testing dates are: February 6, March 6 and April 3
How: Just show up! Check in at the front desk of Health Services and receive a number, and hang out until your number is called. No student ID or health insurance information is required. Feel free to bring your dinner or some homework to keep you busy while you wait!
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What STIs are tested for on GYT Tuesdays?
Students will be tested for Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Trichomoniasis, as these are the most prevalent STIs for young adults in Marion County. Students may also choose to be tested for HIV and Syphilis. Each of these STIs can be treated and cured with antibiotics, with the exception of HIV. There is no cure for HIV. However, even individuals who are cured of an STI can be re-infected.
2. Who conducts the testing?
Tests are conducted by certified testers/counselors from The Damien Center or Bell Flower Clinic.
3. Will it hurt?
A blood-draw is required to test for Syphilis and HIV. Most individuals find the blood draw to be minimally painful and having the same sensation as a pinch on the arm. Make sure to stay hydrated and eat something prior to/during the event to lessen the risk of passing out or dehydration.
Those who choose to not have blood drawn for Syphilis can choose to be tested for HIV with an instant one-minute finger stick test. Students may also choose to be tested for neither, which requires no finger stick or blood draw. Other tests are done based on a urine sample or a swabbing of genital secretions, which is done in a private room by the student.
Any “hurt” is minimal and the testing is over in minutes! A majority of students have no trouble whatsoever with the testing process.
4. When will I get my results?
For students who choose to be tested for all STIs, their results come back in 2 weeks. For those who choose not to be tested for Syphilis and therefore do not have blood drawn, they will be given the option to test for HIV with an instant 1-minute test which requires a finger-stick. These instant 1-minute test results are given to students immediately and in a confidential manner. Students can call Marion County Health Department at (317) 221-8312 or access their results online at marionhealth.org and clicking “My MCPHD Health.” Helpful Hint: You might consider creating a reminder in your phone for two weeks after testing in order to remind yourself to call or check online for your results.
5. How often should I get tested?
Testing should be based on an individual's sexual activity. Most STIs will show up on a test in about 7 days. However, it takes HIV 3 months to show up in the body. Getting testing every 3 months after sexual interactions with a new partner is advisable. Additionally, you should contact a health care provider or get tested if you are experiencing possible symptoms of an STI. If you have never had sexual contact it may not be necessary to be tested for STIs.
6. Does Health Services offer STI testing outside of GYT Tuesdays?
Health Services offers STI testing, education and treatment by appointment for students during normal business hours. These are regular appointments scheduled with a nurse or other medical provider, regular charges will apply. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (317) 940-9385 or on the MyHealth.Butler.edu secure web portal.
The Damien Center also offers free testing for Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis, Trichomoniasis, and HIV and is located at:
26 N. Arsenal Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46201
Testing Phone Number: 317-632-0123 ext. 230
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday: 8:30 AM–5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:30 AM–5:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM–2:30 PM
2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month: 10 AM–2:00 PM