HIV & Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing
Anyone who is having sex is at risk for acquiring a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Some STIs are so common that over half of all sexually active college students will acquire one by the end of college.
UHS offers appointments for testing for HIV and/or other sexually transmitted diseases/infections (STDs/STIs). HIV screening is now recommended for all people engaging in sexual activity. Testing for STIs is simple and painless and appropriate for people concerned about symptoms, considering a new sexual relationship, or for anyone concerned about their risk of having an STI. Call 617.287.5660 to make an appointment.
Types of Tests Done at UHS
Testing can be done for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea with a urine sample. It is important you do not empty your bladder for one hour before the test. These tests are usually accurate 1-2 weeks after exposure.
Herpes and Genital Warts (HPV) can be diagnosed by direct observation and there is a culture for herpes if there is a visible rash.
Some STI tests may not be accurate for up to 4-6 months after exposure.
HIV tests can be taken either confidentially or anonymously.
Confidential testing means that your name and other identifying information will be attached to your test results. The results will go in your medical record and may be shared with your health care providers and your insurance company. Otherwise, the results are protected by state and federal privacy laws.
Anonymous testing means that nothing ties your test results to you. When you take an anonymous HIV test, you get a unique identifier that allows you to get your test results. Not all HIV test sites offer anonymous testing. Contact your local health department or 1-800-CDC-INFO (800.232.4636) to see if there are anonymous test sites in your area. Learn more about privacy and HIV testing here.
Counseling before and after an HIV test is important because it provides critical information about HIV itself and about the testing process. Learn more about pre and post test counseling here.
UHS HIV Testing Clinics
University Health Services offers confidential HIV/AIDS counseling and testing daily.
CONVENIENT: We offer same-day rapid testing onsite (OraQuick HIV 1 -2 ) or HIV 1 and 2 antibody testing which can be sent to our reference lab (Quest Diagnostics). Learn more about the different types of HIV tests here.
AFFORDABLE: Testing is covered by all health insurances. If you do not want to bill your insurance, testing costs $25.