Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Screening
Student Health Services provides confidential counseling for all students on Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) prevention and risk reduction. Student Health also provides screening, diagnosis and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections for a fee. There is no cost for an OraQuick HIV test.
Call Student Health to schedule an appointment for STI screening. If you are sexually active, it is recommended that you get regular STI screenings. You can have a sexually transmitted infection with no symptoms. Learn more about STIs, including tips for prevention.
Not in northern Virginia? Find local testing centers using the Center for Disease Control and Prevention search tool, gettested.cdc.gov.
HIV Antibody Testing
Students can get the OraQuick HIV test for free at Student Health Services and results can be obtained in about 20 minutes. An oral gum swab is taken and the specimen is tested. During fall and spring semesters, Student Support and Advocacy Center also offers free OraQuick HIV testing; students can walk-in.
Student Health Services provides confidential HIV antibody testing for a fee. This includes pre- and post-test counseling. Students must return for an office visit in order to receive the results of the test. The results cannot be given over the phone.
There are fees for all STI tests. Routine screening for STI’s includes:
- For women: A Wet-Prep/KOH (vaginal swab) 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 prior to the appointment. You should be prepared to provide a urine sample.
- During your visit, your healthcare provider will conduct a review of 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 during STI screening 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
Most STIs are treatable and many are curable. Your healthcare provider will talk with you about next steps and treatment and precautions. Follow your healthcare provider’s advice and recommendations.
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.