The Health and Counseling Center provides free Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) screening tests for students for chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) once per semester. Screening is defined as possible exposure without physical symptoms present. Additional STI testing can be performed based on risk factors and exposures, some of which may be covered by insurance. Prior to your appointment, you may find it helpful to read through the following information. Please call 828.251.6520 to schedule an appointment.
Considered STI screening if you:
- Have had sexual contact (vaginal, oral or anal) without protection (condom or other barrier)
- Have been sexually assaulted
- Had a condom break during intercourse
- Are starting relations with a new partner
- Learned that a past or current partner may have been exposed to an STI
- Have shared needles (HIV and hepatitis can be transmitted through blood)
Your risk for an STI is LOW if:
- Have never had vaginal or anal intercourse
- Have consistently used condoms
- You and your new partner have both tested negative since your last relationships
- You are each other’s first and only sexual partner
Collection methods for chlamydia/gonorrhea:
Males – urine specimen*
Females – vaginal swab
*If opting for urine specimen, please refrain from urinating for least an hour before your appointment.
Collection methods for HIV:
- Blood sample
- Oral swab ($20) – for oral test, do not eat, drink or use oral care products such as mouthwash, toothpaste or whitening strips 30 minutes before the test.
How we communicate:
We routinely use the Patient Portal to send lab or imaging (X-ray, ultrasound) results to you. Providers and Counselors may also use the portal for general communication after or before a scheduled visit. Voice mail is an alternative but not our first choice.
If you wish to be informed in a different way please bring this up at your appointment. We are aware that discussing the possibility of an STI is a sensitive topic and we will do our best to provide a supportive, non-judgmental interaction. If you have other questions and concerns, our staff clinicians will be glad to counsel, answer questions and order tests as appropriate during a scheduled appointment.
How to order FREE safe(r) sex supplies:
Please visit this page to anonymously request safe(r) sex supplies to be delivered to your campus mailbox. If you do not live on campus, you may pick up your supplies at the Health and Counseling Center.