Eastern Equine Encephalitis
As you may be aware, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a viral infection spread by infected mosquitoes, has been identified in Rhode Island and is responsible for a fatality in our neighboring state of Massachusetts. It is normal to identify this virus in our region and we can expect this potential threat every year.
The most effective way to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses is to protect yourself from mosquito bites. Students are encouraged to follow these recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC):
- use an EPA approved insect repellent
- wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when outside
- treat clothing, shoes/boots and gear with insect repellant
- avoid when possible or limit outdoor activities during peak mosquito times (dawn and dusk)
- keep windows without screens closed
Visit the Center for Disease Control for more information:
Contact Health Services at 401-254-3156 with any questions or concerns.
FREE Anonymous HIV Testing and Discounted STI screening:
ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS - take advantage of the opportunity to receive free anonymous HIV testing, and free syphilis and hepatitis C screening if indicated. Half of all sexually active people will get an STI (sexually transmitted infection) before age 25. Most won't know it.
You should get tested for HIV at least once a year if:
- You're a sexually active gay or bisexual man.
- You've had sex with an HIV-positive partner.
- You've had more than one partner since your last HIV test.
- You've shared needles to inject drugs.
- You've exchanged sex for drugs or money.
- You have another sexually transmitted disease, hepatitis, or tuberculosis.
- You've had sex with anyone who has done anything listed above or with someone whose sexual history you do not know.
AIDS Project RI will offer free HIV testing once a month at Health Services on a walk-in basis (see dates below). No appointment necessary. Receive results within 20 minutes. For most accurate results, refrain from eating, drinking or brushing your teeth 20 minutes before testing.
In addition to HIV testing, discounted chlamydia and gonorrhea screening will also be available during these times. Don't miss out on this opportunity.
September 6th 2:30 to 4:30 PM (in the Queer & Trans Resource & Advocacy Center)
October 2nd 2:30 to 4:30 PM (in Health Services)
November 13th 2:30 to 4:30 PM (in Health Services)
December 11th 2:30 to 4:30 PM (in Health Services)
If you cannot make it to the above HIV testing, you can still get tested: It's as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Schedule an appointment. Same-day and next-day appointments are usually available.
Call (401) 254-3156 or use the online self-scheduling option on the patient portal to schedule an appointment.
If you don't have symptoms and just want to get checked out, schedule an STI Screening (no symptoms) appointment with the nurse.
If you have symptoms, think you've been exposed to an STI, or you are pregnant, schedule an STI Symptoms/Concern appointment with a nurse practitioner.
If you may have been exposed to an STI, even if you haven't noticed any symptoms, schedule an appointment to talk about possible preventative treatment.
Before your appointment: Don't empty your bladder for at least 1 hour before your scheduled appointment time.
Get your results one to five days after your appointment.
How to Protect Yourself from HIV and other STIs.
- Use condoms. Use condoms correctly every time you have sex.
- Limit your number of sexual partners. The more partners you have, the more likely you are to have a partner with HIV whose HIV is not well controlled or to have a partner with an STI. Both of these factors can increase the risk of HIV transmission.
- Get tested and treated for STIs. Insist that your partners get tested and treated too. Having an STI can increase your risk of becoming infected with HIV or spreading it to others.
- Talk to a health care provider about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). PrEP is an HIV prevention option for individuals who don’t have HIV but who are at high risk of becoming infected with HIV. PrEP involves taking an HIV medicine daily to lower your chance of getting infected.
- Don’t inject drugs.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
Truvada is the only medication approved to significantly reduce the risk of sexually acquired HIV infection in individuals at risk. Daily PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90%. Among people who inject drugs, it reduces the risk by more than 70%. Your risk of getting HIV from sex can be even lower if you combine PrEP with condoms and other safer sex practices.
Prescriptions for Truvada are available at Health Services. Schedule an appointment to discuss if PrEP is right for you.
"Meet the Dietician"
Students have the opportunity to meet one on one with a registered dietician in Health Services. Any student interested in discussing food allergies, weight management, or any other food related concerns is encouraged to schedule an appointment. This service is free to all students.
Fall semester dates for meeting the dietician are:
September 19th from 10:30 to 4:00 PM
October 17th from 10:30 to 4:00 PM
November - TBD
Call Health Services at 401-254-3156 to schedule an appointment with the dietician.