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What's the difference between “STD” and “STI”?

The terms “sexually transmitted disease” (STD) and “sexually transmitted infection” (STI) refer to the same thing— infections that are passed primarily from person-to-person through sexual contact. According to medical terminology, infections are classified as diseases only when they cause symptoms. It's important to know that most people who have an STI don't have symptoms.


Should I get tested for STIs?


If you have had oral, vaginal, or anal sex, you should consider getting tested for STIs. STIs are very common, especially among young people. In fact, almost half of the 19 million new STIs this year will occur in 15-24 year olds. Because most people who have an STI don't have symptoms, it is important that you get tested regularly to protect yourself and others. Getting tested can bring you peace of mind about your STI status. It can also help you get the treatment you and your partner(s) need if you test positive.

What STI tests are available at Health Services?


There is no single test for every STI. However, Health Services can provide confidential testing for a number of STIs, including:
  • Chlamydia/Gonorrhea
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) 
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis

Fees vary depending on the nature of your visit, what tests are performed, and your insurance coverage. During a confidential appointment with our Nurse Practitioner or Physician, specific tests will be recommended based on your risk factors and may include tests other than those listed above.

How do I pay for my appointment/tests?


Students can either pay at the time of service or Health Services can bill your student account (charges will not list specific reasons for the visit). If you have health insurance, we will provide your insurance information to the testing laboratory. Any portion not covered by your insurance company is your responsibility.Be aware that private insurance companies sometimes notify the subscriber (often parents) as to what tests are done for covered individuals. Therefore, the subscriber may get a notice from the private insurance company that "student X had a chlamydia test done on date X" though results are generally not reported. If you are concerned, it is a good idea to contact your insurance company before you get tested and inquire about their privacy policies.Health Services has arranged for low cost testing options for those students who do not have insurance or those who do not want to use their health insurance for testing.

How do I get tested at Health Services?


Call 610-396-6075 or come to Perkins Student Center Room 8 to request an appointment.
Men - Do not urinate at least one hour prior to appointment.

What test procedures can I expect during my appointment?


Depending on what tests are performed, procedures may involve collecting a urine sample; throat, cervical, vaginal, or rectal swabs; and/or blood work.

Will my appointment/test results be confidential?


Yes. For more information about confidentiality, visit http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/welcome/confidentiality/

How long does it take to get test results?


Depending on what tests are performed, it takes from a few days to 2 weeks after your appointment to get test results.

How will I receive my test results?


You will receive a phone call when your results are available. Negative test results can be given over the phone. Positive results require a visit with the provider in order to prescribe the proper treatment. Treatment is FREE (provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health)

Where can I learn more about STDs?


To learn more about STDs, visit the following:

Chlamydia - Gonorrhea - Syphilis - HPV (Human Papillomavirus) - Herpes - Trichomonas - HIV