If you are worried about a symptom or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) you can make an appointment or utilize our walk-in hours any time. Screening can be important for anyone who is sexually active and Health Services provides routine STI testing. STI testing is also a regular part of gynecologic appointments.
Which test you get depends on your exposures and sexual practices. A Health Service clinician will discuss your sexual history with you as well as symptoms of various STIs. We can test for almost any STI. Some are blood tests, some are urine tests, and some are done through swabbing.
Risk of exposures
A person’s risk of exposure to an STI depends on a number of factors including: type of STI, type of sexual contact, whether a barrier method was used or if there are any active symptoms. In some cases, depending on the STI, transmission can happen when there are no obvious symptoms. When you come in for STI testing (either with or without symptoms), your clinician will likely ask you questions about recent sexual history to help determine which tests should be done. Don't be afraid to ask the clinician for clarification of any questions they might ask you.
These vary depending on the test. Tufts student health insurance and many private insurance policies cover STI testing. Health Services can work with you to see if any charges can be billed to your insurance company.