Hey Western students: Important test today, but you don't have to study for it

Western's University Students Council and the Middlesex-London Health Unit have teamed up for an all-day event to get students tested for STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhea.

All-day event aims to get as many students as possible tested for STIs like chlamydia, gonorrhea

USC's health coordinator talks about the Get Tested Western! event. 0:56

First the bad news: Western students are being asked to take an extra test today. 

Now the good news. 

This won't be a gruelling, hours-long exam. For this one, students don't need to study. They just need to pee into a cup.

The exams will happen today at the University Community Centre as part of the sixth annual Get Tested Western! event.

The idea is to get as many students as possible tested for sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. Rates for these infections remain stubbornly high in the 15 to 24 age group and Middlesex County's infection rates are among the highest in Ontario, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit. 

The health unit is teaming up with the University Students Society to go on an STI testing blitz today (Thursday, Feb. 13). 

Last year 1,344 people were tested, a record organizers hope to break this year. 

"It's no secret that young adults in a university age demographic are sexually active, but many have never been tested for STIs," said Lauren Adam, USC's health promotions coordinator. "We're trying to break the stigma and start conversations about sexual health."

The event starts at 10 a.m. and continues to 6 p.m. in the UCC atrium.

Western USC and the Middlesex-London Health Unit are hoping to break a record set last year for STI testing. (University Students Council)