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The following tests for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are available at UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services and may be requested during an office visit with a provider. Chlamydia and gonorrhea testing may be requested online. The costs provided below are in addition to the cost of an office visit, treatment supplies or medications.

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend yearly chlamydia testing of sexually active young persons. At Student Health and Counseling Services, the chlamydia test is done in conjunction with a gonorrhea test. This test may be performed on a urine specimen or a swab specimen that is collected during an office visit or a woman’s pelvic exam. If asymptomatic (no symptoms), this test may be requested online via Health-e-Messaging or added to any primary care visit with a physician or nurse practitioner. It takes 1-3 weeks after exposure to show accurate results. Results come back within a week. The cost is $20 (does not include visit/screening fees).

Herpes

Many patients request this blood test because herpes can be present without symptoms in both men and women. This test checks for previous exposure to the herpes simplex 1 and 2 viruses but it does not indicate how long the infection has been present or the location of the infection. Since it is an antibody test, it can take 3 to 12 weeks from time of exposure for antibodies to be present in the blood. Results come back within a week. The cost is $30 (does not include visit fees).

If you are having symptoms of herpes, your provider can swab the lesions (sores) to check for the presence of the virus. Results come back within one to two weeks. The cost is about $85 (does not include visit fees).

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

The CDC does not recommend routine screening for HPV in young persons. A woman’s Pap test may be used to check for HPV if the Pap is abnormal. Please discuss HPV testing and HPV vaccine with your provider.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

Everyone who is sexually active should know their HIV status and the CDC recommends HIV testing for all patients. 95% of individuals will have accurate test results three months after exposure, but for a small percentage of people it can take up to six months to show a positive test. This test is easy to obtain in two ways:

  • Confidential Testing - You can choose a blood test from our lab, and you will need to return in two weeks for results. The cost is $10 (does not included visit fees).
  • Anonymous Testing - During the school year, you can get anonymous testing at no charge at the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex Asexual (LGBTQIA) Resource Center at the Student Community Center (SCC) on Mondays from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM during Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters only. (Not available during finals weeks, quarter breaks, campus holidays and summer session.). This test involves a swab of the inside of the mouth but is just as accurate as a blood test. A preliminary result is provided within 30 minutes and if it is negative, there is no need for further testing. If it is reactive, further testing is needed.

More information is available about HIV testing, the difference between a confidential and anonymous HIV test, details regarding HIV testing options through Student Health and Counseling Services.

Syphilis

This infection, while uncommon, can be detected quickly and easily with a blood test in our lab. It takes 3-12 weeks after exposure to show a positive test. Results are back within a few days. The cost is $10 (does not include visit fees).

How to Get Tested

Visit Health-e-Messaging to communicate with your provider, request a chlamydia or gonorrhea test online or get more information about any of the above tests. If you would like to be seen by our medical staff, please contact our Appointment Desk (530 752-2349) to schedule an appointment.

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