What are STIs?
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections that are passed from person to person during oral, vaginal, or anal sexual contact.
Should I get tested?
If you have been sexually active, STI testing should be part of your routine sexual health care, even if you do not have symptoms.
If you think you have symptoms of an STI or were exposed to an STI you should be tested.
Do I need an appointment?
You can make an appointment for STI testing or you can come in as a walk-in patient. Appointments are available around your class schedule during normal Health Center hours.
How is testing done?
At the Health Center, routine testing for STIs includes chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV. To perform these tests a urine and blood sample will be taken. Other tests may be done, based on symptoms or risk factors.
To prepare for your appointment, please do not urinate for at least one hour before your appointment.
Is testing confidential?
Testing through the Health Center is confidential. Your test results and any information you discuss with our providers will be part of your confidential medical record. Information in your medical record cannot be shared with anyone (including parents, friends, counselors, or others not directly involved in your medical care), without your written authorization.
What should I know about cost?
Although your visit at the Health Center is free, STI testing lab work will be billed, by the lab, to your insurance company. You can call your insurance company to find out if testing is covered.
Where else can I get STI testing?
Free STI clinics are held each semester on campus. If you would prefer off campus services, you can contact Tapestry Health for free/confidential testing at (413) 363-9472.
What else do I need to know?
If you test negative, it is important to continue to protect yourself from future infections.
If you test positive, you will be notified by the Health Center. Many STIs can be cured with antibiotics. Others can be managed to decrease symptoms and reduce the risk of transmission.