Sexually Transmitted Infections

At UHCS:

Testing, treatment and counseling for many sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are available at UHCS. Testing is often available at no-cost for qualifying students. For some STI testing, you don't even have to take your clothes off! Testing methods include urine testing, blood testing, and swabs or cultures of an exposed area or sore. UHCS also offers anonymous HIV testing.

From an Expert at UHCS:

Sexually transmitted infections are extremely common in college students, with estimations that half of all sexually active young adults will get an STI by the age of 25, though most people won't know it (www.itsyoursexlife.com). The consequences of an untreated infection can be severe, including infertility and an increased risk of acquiring HIV, so value yourself and your intimate partners! Safer sex, regular STI testing, and prompt treatment are all very important ways to protect yourself and your sexual partners. Remember, many STIs are curable and ALL are treatable.

The infections for which you should be tested often depend on your personal sexual behaviors, but in general, you should talk to your health care provider at least yearly about which tests may be appropriate for you.

If you are a woman of reproductive age, you may qualify for the Family Planning Only Services program in Wisconsin, which covers the cost for most birth control methods, annual exams, Paps and STD testing and treatment. To find out more, see Family Planning Only Services.

- Liz Falk, MS, WHNP-BC

More Information:

MTV's Get Yourself Tested - information specifically formulated for young adults about STIs, testing , pregnancy prevention, and talking to your sexual partner(s) and health care providers about sexual concerns

American Sexual Health Association - a reliable resource for information on how to promote and protect your sexual health, including information on healthy relationships, sexual pleasure, and how to stock your safer sex toolbox

Book an appointment online with UHCS for STI testing


Updated: 07/15/13

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