Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Testing

Medical Services is committed to assisting students in learning about preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs). An STI evaluation will include a discussion with a Medical Services provider about your concerns and possible symptoms, a physical examination, and testing, if appropriate. Results of the physical are discussed with you during the same visit. Lab results are reported to you as soon as they become available, generally within two to three business days.

Students may schedule an appointment with their Medical Services provider to learn more about STI prevention. HIV testing and general education related to sexual health matters are offered through GHAP without an appointment. Hours vary during the day.

All services are provided in a confidential environment that respects your privacy.

Some important recommendations to prevent STIs include:

  • Know your sexual partner(s). Before you become intimate have a discussion about STIs, sexual history (yours and your partners), and be honest
  • Use a condom
  • If you or your partner think you might have symptoms of an STI, make an appointment to see a Medical Services provider
  • Know which sexual practices put you at greater risk of STIs
  • Recognize that substance use increases risk of STIs
  • STI Testing
  • HIV Testing
  • Health Topics and Resources

Most STIs have a medical test, but not all of these tests are reliable. Medical Services believes that high-quality care includes not just a test for an STI, but also education about the typical symptoms of the STI, reliability of the test, potential treatments, and what happens if you do not seek treatment.

FAQs

What is the difference between STI testing at Medical Services and HIV testing at GHAP? Can they both administer the tests?

HIV testing and counseling are performed by counselors through GHAP. You will be provided information specific to HIV/AIDS, how testing is done, and safe sex practices. You will also be given the opportunity to ask questions. STI testing is performed by a medical provider at Medical Services. Common STI tests include Syphillis, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea.

Last updated May 14, 2014