STI Testing

  • Many people contact the University Health Center and ask for “THE STI TEST.”
  • Unfortunately, there is not one general test to cover all STIs.
  • It is important to consult with your health care provider to determine which tests would be most appropriate for your situation.

Making an Appointment

  • Men make appointments with their Medical Team
  • Women make appointments with the Women’s Clinic (706-542-8691)
  • If you have a sore or something unusual present, please let them know when you call so that they can schedule you as soon as possible.
  • There are male and female providers in both clinics, so if you have a preference, please let them also know that.

Confidentiality

  • These tests are not anonymous, but they are confidential, meaning that the results remain in your medical records.
  • It is important to note that if you are over 18, your parents cannot access your medical records without your permission.
  • If you normally use your parents’ insurance, you can ask that these tests not be filed to that insurance company and pay for them directly yourself. When you check in for your appointment, please let the office staff know that you would like to pay for the tests directly rather than having them billed to your parents.

Costs

  • There are fees for each test and they may change each semester.
  • These prices will also differ depending on whether you have paid the health fee or not.
  • If you want an updated price list, ask your clinician during your appointment or contact the appropriate clinic (your Medical Team or Women’s Clinic 706-542-8691).

Test Procedures

Blood Tests

  • HIV
  • Syphilis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Herpes type 1 and 2 (oral and genital)
  • If you received the hepatitis B vaccine, you do not need the hepatitis test.

Vaginal Swab or Urine Test

  • Chlamydia and gonorrhea are both tested using a vaginal swab or urine test.
  • This can often be done with one sample.

Visual Diagnosis

  • Diagnosis of herpes, molluscum, and human papillomavirus (HPV, the virus that causes genital warts) is usually through visual examination.
  • The clinician will inspect the genital area, sometimes with a magnifier and sometimes applying a solution to determine possible cell changes.
  • It is possible for an individual to have these infections without any visible symptoms or symptoms so mild that s/he is not aware.
  • In addition to visual examination, the clinician may swab a lesion/sore as a very effective diagnosis of Herpes.

Pap Smear

  • Regarding strains of HPV that do not cause warts, a pap smear is used to examine abnormal changes on the cervix.
  • These cervical changes may be caused by an HPV infection.
  • At the University Health Center, an annual women’s examination may include the Pap smear, pelvic examination, and Chlamydia test.
  • If you visit another clinic or doctor’s office, check with your provider to determine what, if any, STI tests are being conducted.
  • Many annual examinations only include the pap smear and pelvic examination.

Wet-Prep

  • As part of a women’s pelvic exam, a Wet-Prep test can also be done for trichomonas, yeast and bacterial vaginosis although these infections are not necessarily STIs.
  • Wet-Prep results will be available in 20-30 minutes. However other test results will take 3 to 5 days.

Test Results

  • Most STI test results will be available in 3 to 5 days. However, Herpes Viral Culture will be available in 5 to 7 days.
  • We will contact you through secure message about your results.
  • If you have not heard from us in 5 days, please call the clinic.
  • HIV test results must be given in person with your health provider.

Vaccines

  • Hepatitis B has a vaccine. Since the vaccine will prevent Hepatitis B, the vaccination is recommended if you have not already received it.
  • For people who have received all three hepatitis B vaccines, hepatitis B testing is not performed.
  • Gardasil is the HPV vaccine available for both men and women. Learn more about Gardasil.
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