STI Testing and Treatment

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) - also called sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) – are often caused by bacteria or viruses, and are typically passed from one person to another during sexual contact. STIs are spread most often during unprotected oral, vaginal, or anal intercourse. However, some infections – like HPV and herpes – may be passed by skin-to-skin contact.

“It’s self-care really, just like you would go to the dentist for regular checkups.” 

Jennifer Metzgar, FNP

FAQs for STI Testing at Student Health Services

At Student Health Services, you can be tested for HIV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Herpes, and Trichomonas. We can offer you treatment options and answer your questions about sexually transmitted infections.

Testing depends on the type of STI and your specific needs as a patient. STI’s can be tested by urine sample, blood sample, or swabbing the surface of the area being tested, such as the gums, back of the throat, the cervix, or the rectum.

Some results are available on the same day while others take at least five business days. You will be notified as results become available. If your results are negative, you may receive results by secure message. If your results are positive, you will be notified by Student Health Services staff (most often by a phone call). The staff is equipped to explain lab results, treat you with appropriate medication, and refer you to specialists if needed.

Talk to your care provider at Student Health Services about your options. We want you to feel comfortable having your STI testing obtained.

No! Student Health Services is a confidential, judgement-free zone. It is important that sexual health screening be part of your college health care.

STI Prevention

You can lower your risk of contracting STIs (and/or unplanned pregnancy) in the following ways:

  • Participate in sexual experiences that are respectful, consensual, and affirming.
  • Talk with your partner about the kinds of sexual experiences you want (and don’t want).
  • Assume that any sexual partner has an STI, and plan accordingly for protection.
  • Buy safer sex supplies and/or birth control supplies and keep them where they are needed.
  • Get immunized against Hepatitis A and B, and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
  • Consider the risks associated with sex under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs.
  • Consider the risks associated with sexual activity facilitated by online hook-up apps.
  • Think about what challenges (if any) make it difficult to maintain your commitment to practicing safer sex, and make plans to circumvent those challenges.
  • Get support if you feel confused, frustrated, or overwhelmed; Student Health Services is here for these and other sexual health issues.