Sexually Transmitted Infections
Should you get tested?
Did you know that if you are sexually active you could be infected with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and not have any symptoms? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have guidelines for recommending who and how often you should have STI testing, depending on your risk factors.
- All adults and adolescents from ages 13 to 64 should be tested at least once for HIV.
- Annual chlamydia screening of all sexually active women younger than 25 years, as well as older women with risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners, or a sex partner who has a sexually transmitted infection
- Annual gonorrhea screening for all sexually active women younger than 25 years, as well as older women with risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners, or a sex partner who has a sexually transmitted infection.
- Syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B screening for all pregnant women, and chlamydia and gonorrhea screening for at-risk pregnant women starting early in pregnancy, with repeat testing as needed, to protect the health of mothers and their infants.
- Screening at least once a year for syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea for all sexually active gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). MSM who have multiple or anonymous partners should be screened more frequently for STDs (e.g., at 3-to-6 month intervals).
- Sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from more frequent HIV testing (e.g., every 3 to 6 months).
- Anyone who has unsafe sex or shares injection drug equipment should get tested for HIV at least once a year.
You can schedule an appointment with one of our providers at the student health to discuss your risk factors and if you should have testing for STIs. Most testing is simple, painless and non-invasive and can be done through a collection of urine, but you should discuss the need for blood tests or testing of rectal and/or oral swabs with your health care provider.
You can reach our front office at 209-228-2273 to schedule an appointment.