In 2015, Penn State was ranked second in sexual health among Big Ten schools, after Rutgers, due to the relatively low STD rates in College Town and Centre County. The county had an HIV prevalence rate of 106 per 100K people in 2015, much lower than Pennsylvania’s rate of 314.
In 2016, they had a chlamydia rate of 414.7—unfortunately, that has been going up.
The gonorrhea and (primary and secondary) syphilis rates were 36.7 and 1.9. Health officials recommend that sexually active people use protection and get tested regularly, even if they don’t think they are infected. They also recommend getting the HPV vaccine, especially for students.
There are a few clinics in State College. There is at least one nonprofit that provides free STD testing, but there may be a wait. Penn State’s Health Center provides screening for STIs at a low cost. The service is confidential and will not appear on the student’s college records. The Centre County State Health Center, on Green Tech Dr, tests for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis on a sliding fee scale.