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Get Tested FAQ

Most people who have an STD don't have symptoms. You can get an STD from oral sex, too. If caught early, most STDs are curable and all are treatable. Protect yourself and others, get tested

Self-Testing is an appointment-free option for those wanted to be tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia (click here).

What's the difference between “STD” and “STI”?

The terms “sexually transmitted disease” (STD) and “sexually transmitted infection” (STI) refer to the same thing— infections that are passed primarily from person-to-person through sexual contact.(1) According to medical terminology, infections are classified as diseases only when they cause symptoms.(2) It's important to know that most people who have an STD don't have symptoms.

Should I get tested for STDs?

If you have had oral, vaginal, or anal sex, you should consider getting tested for STDs. STDs are very common, especially among young people. In fact, almost half of the 19 million new STDs this year will occur in 15-24 year olds.(3)

Because most people who have an STD don't have symptoms, it is important that you get tested regularly to protect yourself and others. Getting tested can bring you peace of mind about your STD status. It can also help you get the treatment you and your partner(s) need if you test positive.

What STD tests are available at University Health Services (UHS)?

There is no single test for every STD. However, UHS can provide confidential testing for a number of STDs, including:

If your visit includes an appointment with a clinician, a separate appointment fee will be charged. Fees vary depending on the nature of your visit, what tests are performed, and your insurance coverage.

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How do I get tested at UHS?

Walk-In Testing:

Appointment:

What test procedures can I expect during my appointment?

Depending on what tests are performed, procedures may involve collecting a urine sample; throat, cervical, vaginal, or rectal swabs; and/or blood work.


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How do I pay for my appointment/tests?

Students can either pay at the time of service or UHS can bill your student account (charges will not list specific reasons for the visit). If you have health insurance, we can also bill your insurance.

Be aware that private insurance companies sometimes notify the subscriber (often parents) as to what tests are done for covered individuals. Therefore, the subscriber may get a notice from the private insurance company that "student X had a chlamydia test done on date X" though results are generally not reported. If you are concerned, it is a good idea to contact your insurance company before you get tested and inquire about their billing policies.

Paying at the time of service avoids using your private insurance altogether.

Will my appointment/test results be confidential?

Yes. For more information about confidentiality, visit http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/welcome/confidentiality/.

How long does it take to get test results?

Depending on what tests are performed, it takes from a few days to 2 weeks after your appointment to get test results.

How will I receive my test results?

Typically, you will receive test results through secure messaging with a clinician through myUHS. Alternatively, a clinician may give you test results over the phone.

Results from free HIV testing through Health Promotion and Wellness are given in-person during a follow-up appointment.

Where can I learn more about STDs?

To learn more about STDs, visit our Sexual Health page.

References

World Health Organization, 2013 (1)

Planned Parenthood, 2013 (2)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012 (3)

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