STI and HIV Testing

Many Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) are asymptomatic. The only way to know for sure whether or not you are infected is to be tested. The University Health Center offers a variety of STI and HIV testing options. 

Experiencing Symptoms (symptomatic) or known contact with an infected partner

Only option if you are experiencing symptoms:

Men: Make an appointment on MyUHC for “STI testing, experiencing symptoms”
Women:
Make an appointment on MyUHC for “Vaginal symptoms such as experiencing discharge, irritation, or itching”
Includes an examination, STI testing and treatment if necessary.

*Patient may self-pay or bill to student account ($99+)
*Patient may bill to insurance (cost depends on insurance)
***If you do not want labs billed to your insurance, tell your provider at the beginning of the appointment.***

If you have trouble with MyUHC, call 301-314-8184 to schedule.


Not Experiencing Symptoms (asymptomatic), just want peace of mind?

If so, then we have a few more options for you to choose from.

Option 1: FREE Testing Dates

Visit http://www.health.umd.edu/STItesting and check out our FREE testing dates offered throughout the semester on the ground floor. Please note that different tests are available on different dates. Please call 301-314-8130 if you have any questions about these FREE testing events. These testing dates include LABS ONLY - no examination.

 

Option 2: Make an appointment on MyUHC for “Self-Test STI Clinic (no symptoms)”

  • $28 - Urine Testing – screens for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia in the genitals
  • FREE - Blood Testing – screens for HIV and Syphilis as recommended by risk assessment (results in two weeks, $25 for next-day HIV results)
  • ASK FOR CURRENT PRICE - Throat and Rectal swabs – screen for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia in throat and rectum for those engaging in oral and/or anal sex
You can pick and choose the best screening method based on your sexual behavior!

This visit includes blood and urine LABS ONLY without a physical examination by a health care practitioner. Please note this type of visit cannot be billed to your health insurance. Pay out of pocket or bill to student account. If you have trouble with MyUHC, call 301-314-8184 to schedule.

 

Option 3: Make an appointment on MyUHC for “STI testing, no symptoms”

Includes a medical examination and will focus on your sexual health and STI screening.
*Patient may self-pay or bill to student account ($99+)
*Patient may bill to insurance (cost depends on insurance)
***If you do not want labs billed to your insurance, tell your provider at the beginning of the appointment.***

If you have trouble with MyUHC, call 301-314-8184 to schedule. 

 

Option 4 (HIV Test Only): Lab Walk-Ins

ONLY AVAILABLE TO UMD STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF
Go to Registration on 1st floor, say that you want a walk-in HIV test done by the lab.
*$25 next day results
*$5 results in two weeks

If you have any questions for the lab, please call 301-314-8175. 

 

Option 5: Physical and Annual Exams

Insurance typically covers these appointments only once a year. Please check with your insurance for more information about what they will cover and when you are next due.

Men & Women: Call 301-314-8184 to schedule a "Physical"
Women:
Make an appointment on MyUHC for a “Women’s Health Annual Exam”

*Patient may self-pay or bill to student account ($50+)
*Patient may bill to insurance (cost depends on insurance)
***If you do not want labs billed to your insurance, tell your provider at the beginning of the appointment.***

 

Things to know:

  • For women – STI screening DOES NOT include a pap test.
  • There is no general screening test for HPV, though a practitioner will be able to visually assess for evidence of genital warts.
  • Even if you look and feel perfectly healthy, you may have an STI.
  • STI’s can be passed from person to person through ANY TYPE OF SEXUAL CONTACT (link and anchor this to “SEXUAL CONTACT” on STIs page, even behaviors you might not consider “sex” like intimate touching, dry sex (outercourse) or from hand to eye (if infected fluids are on the hand).
  • It is important that if you do test positive for a bacterial (i.e., Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, etc.) or parasitic (i.e., Pubic Lice, Trichomoniasis, etc.) infection that you
    • take/use all of the medication as it is prescribed and
    • tell your partner, so that they can get treated, too!
      • If you don’t tell your partner and they don’t get treated, you’ll just keep passing the infection back and forth or to other people!
  • Your sexual health is your responsibility.

Prevention:

  • Abstaining from sexual contact is 100% effective, but if it isn’t for you...
  • Use condoms and/or dental dams (Correctly and consistently…) to help prevent the spread of STI’s
    • The University Health Center provides FREE dental dams, condoms and lubricant! Stop by the Health Promotion desk on the ground floor of the University Health Center to pick up any of the above.
  • Communication with your sexual partners about STI status and safer sex practices.
  • Routine STI/HIV testing (link and anchor to “when should I get tested” on STI page).
  • The Gardasil vaccine (vaccination against most common strains of HPV) is available for BOTH MEN AND WOMEN at the University Health Center. Get more information on the HPV vaccine.

 

Resources:

For more information about the University Health Center Units:

University Health Center Laboratory Services, visit:
http://www.health.umd.edu/clinicalservices/laboratory
Or call 301-314-8175

University Health Center Women’s Health Unit, visit:
http://www.health.umd.edu/clinicalservices/womenshealth
Or call 301-314-8190

University Health Center Primary Care services
http://www.health.umd.edu/clinicalservices/primary
call:301-314-8184 to make an appointment

University Health Center Sexual Health Education Programs, visit:
http://www.health.umd.edu/healthpromotions/sexualhealth

Or call Jenna Beckwith at 301-314-8130; email: jbeckwith@health.umd.edu