STI Testing & Resources
Overview of STI Testing Resources
If you have concerns about Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), we can help you in a professional and non-judgmental manner. If you are sexually active (oral, vaginal, or anal sex), consider routine STI screenings. Many STIs do not cause symptoms, especially in women. You can have an STI screening as part of your annual exam or make an appointment with any of the testing sites below.
On-Campus Testing Options
- Contraceptive services, routine exams, STI/HIV testing, self-STI testing, and discussing sexual and reproductive health.
- Schedule an appointment with University Health Services
- Wellness Services on healthy relationships & sexual health
- External and internal condoms, dental dams, lubricant, and condom carrier cases
Below are more details on the testing process:
- What tests are available?
There is no single test for every STI. We can provide confidential testing for the following:
- Chlamydia/Gonorrhea (self-testing available)- $42 (if not billed to insurance)*
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
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. Syphilis and Chlamydia/Gonorrhea may be available at no additional cost from the Student Initiated Fee.
*In order to protect students' privacy, you have the option of using the prompt pay discount, which means that the payment doesn't go to insurance. To take advantage of the prompt pay discount, students can send the bill to their Bursar account or pay within 7 days, otherwise, the cost will be $60.
- STI Self-Testing (chlamydia/gonorrhea)
- Set up an appointment via myUHS.
- Chlamydia and gonorrhea only.
- Visit the lab (fourth floor) in the Student Health Center and ask for STI self-testing.
- Do not urinate at least one hour prior to testing.
- It can take up to one week after exposure for tests to accurately detect chlamydia and gonorrhea. If your last sexual contact was recent, please wait one week before testing.
- If your test result is positive, you may need to schedule an appointment with a clinician to receive treatment
- Wait at least one month after completing treatment for chlamydia or gonorrhea before you are re-tested. Testing too soon may result in a false-positive result.
Currently, University Health Services offers only vaginal and urine gonorrhea and chlamydia self-collection tests due to lab equipment certification. UHS understands that it would be desirable for patients to have a self-collection option with regard to other anatomical sites and is working to provide more inclusive self-testing options in the future.
- HIV Testing
Free HIV testing through Health Promotion and Wellness is currently not available. Check back for updates.
Testing for HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections is available through University Health Services. Please note that standard lab and medical exam fees apply. Contact UHS to learn more, or schedule an appointment through myUHS.
Students at Penn State Commonwealth Campuses should contact their campus health center or local community resources for information about testing in their area.
- When to schedule an appointment
Schedule an appointment for STI testing with University Health Services if you have any symptoms, have been exposed to someone diagnosed with an STI, have concerns about anal or oral exposure, or are unsure of which test(s) you need.
Depending on what tests are performed, testing procedures may involve collecting a urine sample; throat, cervical, vaginal, or rectal swabs; and/or blood work. Do not urinate at least one hour prior to appointment.
- Paying for my appointments or tests
Students can pay at the time of service or we 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. Currently, students can perform self-STI tests at no additional cost, funded by the Student Initiated Fee.
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.
Depending on what tests are performed, it takes a few days to two weeks after your appointment to get test results.
Typically, you will receive test results through a secure message from myUHS. A clinician may also call you to give you test results over the phone.
- Free HIV testing (oral swab) and HIV+ support; Rapid testing (25 minutes) with finger stick test
- Appointments preferred
- Phone: 814-272-0818 Ext. 3
- Address: 129 South Sparks St. Suite #1, State College PA 16801
Department of Health (HIV Testing)
- Phone: 814-865-0932
Additional information about HIV/AIDS is available on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.