HIV and STD Testing


Whether you are currently having symptoms that you think may be caused by an STD, or you want STD and/or HIV testing for other reasons, you can make an appointment in person at Student Health Services (SHS), or by calling the appointment desk at 860-486-2719.

What testing is available at SHS?

  • Chlamydia
    Chlamydia can be diagnosed by a urine test or a urethral swab, whether or not symptoms are present. For either test it is important that you don’t empty your bladder for at least one hour (preferably two) before the test. These tests are generally accurate 1-2 weeks after exposure.
  • Gonorrhea
    Gonorrhea can be diagnosed by urine test or urethral swab; it is usually tested for at the same time as Chlamydia.
  • Herpes
    If you have a sore or a blister in the genital area, a swab can be taken for herpes culture. If you don’t currently have any symptoms, a blood test can be done, but it may not be accurate for up to 4 months after exposure.
  • Genital Warts
    Genital warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and can only be diagnosed in men is if there are visible bumps or growths present in the genital, pubic, or anal area; there is currently no swab, blood or urine screening test available for men who are asymptomatic and may be infected with HPV. Treatment for genital warts is available by appointment.
  • Syphilis
    is diagnosed by a blood test.
  • HIV
    HIV testing is done via blood test at SHS on a confidential (not anonymous) basis. Before scheduling an appointment, it is important that you read about our HIV counseling and testing policies. Be aware that it may take up to 6 months for either test to be positive following infection. The Rainbow Center and Health Education Office offer anonymous HIV testing. Please contact their offices for information about their testing procedures.

Paying For STD Testing at SHS:

  1. Your specimen(s) are sent to an outside laboratory for processing. They will bill your insurance for these tests.
  2. It is always a good idea to call your insurance company (there should be a phone number on your card) to make sure they will cover these tests or any other services you receive. Most insurance companies will cover for STD testing if you are currently experiencing symptoms. Always bring your insurance card with you to your appointment! See Billing FAQ.

 

State of Connecticut Dept of Public Health Testing:

If you prefer, you may obtain testing services at a CT Dept of Public Health Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinic located at many sites around the state.