(some content on this page has been adapted from gytnow.org)
Frequently Asked Questions
- Wouldn't I know if I had an STI (including HIV)?
The most common symptom of an STI -- including HIV -- is no symptom. The only way to know if you have an infection is to get yourself tested.
- Wouldn't I know if a sexual partner had an STI (including HIV)?
Not necessarily. You can't tell if someone has an STI/HIV just by looking at them -- or even by being sexually active with them!
Remember: the most common symptom of an STI -- including HIV -- is no symptom. The only way for someone to know they have an infection is to get themselves tested.
- Will my parent(s)/guardian(s) know if I get myself tested?
UC Davis SHCS is committed to protecting medical, mental health and personal information about you. Please see the following pages on our website:
Navigating Privacy and Confidentiality in Healthcare
Notice of Privacy Practices
If you are covered under another person's health plan in California and are concerned about confidentiality, then you can check out My Health, My Info for assistance with submitting a Confidential Communication Request to your insurance provider.
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