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 University Health Services for a screening at any time.
All STI testing and test results are confidential. Read more about our confidentiality policy.
The CDC recommends women age 24 and younger be screened for gonorrhea and chlamydia at least on a yearly basis.
What STI tests are available?
There is no single test for every STI. We can provide confidential testing for the following:
- Chlamydia/Gonorrhea (walk-in, self-testing available)- $42 (if not billed to insurance)
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)- (free testing)
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.
How do I get tested?
- Chlamydia and gonorrhea only.
- Visit the lab (fourth floor) in the Student Health Center and ask for STI self-testing.
- Please arrive no later than 4:00 p.m.
- 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.
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.
How do I pay for my appointment/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.
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.
When/how will I receive my test results?
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.
Results from free HIV testing through Health Promotion and Wellness are given in-person during a follow-up appointment.