STI Screenings and HIV Testing
What can I expect during an STI Screening?
Students who are asymptomatic will only be charged for tests they choose to receive and not the visit fee for Nurse Clinic. Screenings will take approximately 15 minutes and students will be able to view their results in the Patient Portal 2-3 business days after their visit.
Tests Recommended During Screening
Chlamydia - $25
Gonorrhea - $25
Syphilis - $17
HIV - $15
Other screenings may be recommended
If you have insurance with preventive coverage, testing costs may be completely covered. Click here for more information about the insurance accepted in our clinic.
Students will receive a FREE condom packet at their first STI Screening!
Packet will include:
- 1 Trojan Condom*
- 1 LifeStyles Condom*
- 1 Dental Dam*
- 1 Flavored Condom
- 1 Safer Sex - Proper Condom Usage Card
*Items are available for purchase in the Student Health Center Pharmacy.
Anonymous HIV testing is done without any personal information (including name, medical history or anything else) being attached to your visit. When you call to make the appointment, the appointment clerk will ask for a name to call in the lobby; give them any name you like. Check in with the receptionist by giving them the name you are using and a nurse will call you back for brief counseling questions. The nurse then sends you to the lab. Once the blood sample is collected, the lab technician will give you a number to identify which sample is yours.
Other STI Tests Offered
*The only existing test for HPV is a cervical swab during a pap smear.
Frequently Asked Questions About STIs
Diseases that are spread through sexual contact are usually referred to as sexually transmitted diseases or STDs for short. In recent years, however, many experts in this area of public health have suggested replacing STD with a new term—sexually transmitted infection, or STI.
Why the change? The concept of “disease,” as in STD, suggests a clear medical problem, usually some obvious signs or symptoms. But several of the most common STDs have no signs or symptoms in the majority of persons infected. Or they have mild signs and symptoms that can be easily overlooked. So the sexually transmitted virus or bacteria can be described as creating “infection,” which may or may not result in “disease.” This is true of chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and human papillomavirus (HPV), to name a few.
Click here for more info about the difference between STIs and STDs.
The surest way to protect yourself against STIs is to not have sex. If you do have sex, you and your partner should get tested before hand. Make sure that you and your partner use a condom -- every time you have oral, anal or vaginal sex from start to finish. It is also very important to know how to properly use a condom. Dental dams and internal condoms are also great ways to protect yourself from STIs.
Click here for more info about STIs and staying healthy.
Click here for more info about dental dams.
Click here for more info about internal condoms.
Get tested! Many STIs do not have any noticeable symptoms and it is very possible to get an STI from having sex with someone who has no symptoms. Just like you, that person may not know they have an STI.
Click here for more info about how to know if you have an STI.
Certain STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause fertility problems in women if left untreated. Chances of contracting HIV increase if you have an untreated STI. Some STIs can even be fatal if left untreated.
Click here for more info about what can happen if STIs are left untreated.
STIs such as HIV and herpes can be treated but not cured. Your doctor can prescribe medicine to help treat your symptoms. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have an STI prior to engaging in sexual activity. Being open and honest with your partner is the best way to make informed decisions about your health.
Click here for more info about incurable STIs.