STI Testing

Who should be tested?

  • Generally, anyone who has had sexual contact with another person, regardless of the partner’s gender should be tested for STIs.
  • Sexual contact includes genital skin-to-skin contact, intimate body fluid contact, and/or genital, anal, or oral contact.
  • Remember that many STIs cause no symptoms, so feeling fine does not mean you are free from STIs. Consistent condom use can decrease the chance of acquiring an STI, but cannot protect completely against all STIs.

How would I know if my partner has an STI?

  • You may not know if your partner is infected. Many infections cause no symptoms (your partner(s) may not know that they have an infection either).
  • Some common symptoms could include (but are not limited to): pain with urination or frequent urination, pain in the genital area or lower abdomen, unusual vaginal, urethral, or anal discharge, new sores or bumps, or bleeding or pain with intercourse.

Is there a way to be tested for all STIs?

  • The short answer is “no,” usually not at one visit.
  • STIs reveal themselves in different ways and at different times. Some are diagnosed visually, and may not appear for many months.
  • The most reliable STI testing will be possible when a person is educated about STIs, acknowledges their own risks, and has ongoing good communication with their health care provider.

Which STIs are curable?

  • STIs that are caused by bacteria, such as Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, are most easily curable.
  • Some STIs are caused by viruses. These are not usually curable, but are treatable.

What should I expect at an appointment for testing?

  • You will be asked personal questions about your medical and sexual history to help determine your STI risks and concerns.
  • STI testing is individualized. Your answers are kept confidential. This information is important because tests are often time sensitive, and are most accurate when done after or within certain time intervals.
  • With your consent, a physical exam can also be done. For females this will involve a pelvic exam, and for males, most often a brief exam of the genitals.
    • Let your provider know if you have symptoms or issues that concern you before he or she does the exam. The physical exam helps diagnose STIs that do not show up on other tests. For females, although a pelvic exam is done, a pap smear is not always done at an appointment to check for STIs. A female may, however, opt to have some STI testing done at the time of a scheduled pap smear.
  • You may be asked to leave a urine sample, and/or a culture may be done with a swab, and/or you may also wish to have blood work done.
  • There may be brief discussion about how to reduce your risks for STIs.
  • There may be some charges made to your student account for labs or medicines. Your care provider should let you know which services my require additional charges, but be sure to ask if you have questions.

What kinds of tests are available at the Auburn University Medical Clinic?

  • At the Medical Clinic, you can be tested for:
    • Chlamydia
    • Gonorrhea
    • Herpes
    • Syphilis
    • HIV
    • HPV
    • Hepatitis A, B, and C
    • Many other, less common tests can also be arranged

How do I make an appointment?

  • To schedule your personalized clinical consultationcall the Medical Clinic at 334-844-4416.