Get Yourself Tested (GYT)
Who: Butler University students
What: Free and confidential HIV and STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) testing
When: Fall 2020 GYT dates TBD. Services are offered from 5:00-8:00 PM, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Where: Butler University Health Services, HRC, Room 110
Why: 1 in 2 sexually active young people will get an STI by age 25. Most won't know it. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016)
How: Come to Health Services, check in at the front desk, 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 can be tested for Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia as these are the most common STI’s for young adults in Marion County. Each of these STI’s can be cured with antibiotics. However, even individuals who are cured of an STI can be re-infected—that’s why it’s important to use safe sex supplies to protect yourself & others. Students may also choose to be tested for HIV. Although there is no cure for HIV, it can be treated with routine HIV care.
2. Who conducts the testing?
3. How will I be tested?
The methods for testing for STI’s vary. In the case of a blood draw or finger prick, most students find these minimally painful—sometimes described as a pinch. For Gonorrhea and Chlamydia tests, it is important to test the body parts involved in sexual activity—if you choose to be tested for these STI’s, you will privately swab different parts of your body that have engaged in sexual activity, such as: throat, vagina, rectum, or male-bodied individuals may be asked to provide a urine sample.
4. When will I get my results?
For students who choose to be tested for all STIs, their results come back in one week. 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, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, at (317) 221-8300 or access their results online at marionhealth.org and clicking “My MCPHD Health.” If calling, state the following: "I am calling to get the results of my recent testing done at Butler University." Helpful Hint: You might consider creating a reminder in your phone for one week after testing in order to remind yourself to call or check online for your results.
5. How often should I get tested?
Results are usually ready in 2 weeks. Students will need to call Marion County Public Health Department at 317-221-8314 for their results. HIV results cannot be given over the phone and will need to be received in person with ID at Bell Flower Clinic. If a rapid HIV test is done, results can be given immediately in a confidential manner.
6. Does Health Services offer STI testing outside of GYT Tuesdays?
Health Services offers STI testing, education, and treatment by appointment with a medical provider during normal business hours. Regular charges will apply. To schedule an appointment, call (317) 940-9385 or visit MyHealth.Butler.edu secure web portal.
The Damien Center offers free testing for Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis, and HIV.
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