Call Student Health Services (703-993-2831) to schedule an appointment for Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing.
Student Health Services provides confidential counseling, diagnosis, and treatment. Providers can discuss STI prevention and risk reduction. There is no cost for a rapid, fingerstick HIV antibody test. There are fees for all other STI testing. Student Health also offers immunizations for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and HPV (Human Papillomavirus) for a fee.
- Unusual discharge from the penis or vagina
- Sores or warts on the genital area
- Painful or frequent urination
- Itching and redness in the genital area
- Blisters or sores in or around the mouth
- Abnormal vaginal odor
- Anal itching, soreness, or bleeding
- Abdominal pain
You can have an STI with no symptoms. Left untreated, STIs can cause serious health problems. If you are sexually active, it is recommended that you get regular STI testing. Learn more about STIs and tips for prevention.
HIV Antibody Testing
Call 703-993-2831 to schedule an appointment. Students can get the ChemBio HIV Stat Pak Assay HIV test for free at Student Health. The test is a quick fingerstick. Results can be obtained in about 20 minutes.
Confidential HIV antibody testing (blood test) is offered for a fee. This includes pre- and post-test counseling.
There are fees for all STI tests. Routine screening for STI’s includes:
- Vaginal swab: A Wet-Prep/KOH to test for Bacterial Vaginosis, Trichomoniasis, and yeast infection
Genital screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia can be done with a urine test or a genital/cervical swab test. Throat and rectal screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia must be done by a swab test. A blood test is performed to screen for syphilis. A blood test or an oral swab test is used to screen for HIV.
- Arrive 20 minutes before your appointment time to complete the check-in process.
- Do not urinate one hour before the appointment. Be prepared to provide a urine sample.
- During your visit, your healthcare provider will review your medical and sexual health history. You will be asked about drug use and symptoms of acute HIV. These questions are asked of all patients and are important for your overall health. The questions help your provider understand what testing you may need. Like all healthcare, this information is confidential.
- Be prepared to have lab testing (blood draw) if indicated.
- Review the Lab Services page for information about lab fees prior to your appointment.
If You Test Positive for an STI
STIs are treatable and some are curable. Your healthcare provider will talk with you about next steps, treatment, and precautions. Follow your healthcare provider’s advice.
Talk with your recent partner(s) about having an STI. It may feel emotionally uncomfortable, but telling your partner(s) allows them to protect their health, too. Tips for getting the conversation started from the Centers for Disease Control and Get Yourself Tested.
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