Sexually Transmitted Infections
The SHC offers testing for STI's (including HIV). We offer screening testing for students who have no symptoms but want to check if they may have an STI-many of which cause no obvious symptoms, and diagnostic testing for those with symptoms that may suggest an STI such as:
- Unusual discharge from the penis, vagina or anus
- Sores, blisters, ulcers, warts or rashes in the genital area
- Pain during sex, urination or passing a bowel movement
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting after sex or in between periods
- Pelvic, abdominal, testicular or anal pain
I have no symptoms but want to be screened-what infections will you check for?
- The SHC typically screens for 4 different STI's-HIV antibody, syphilis (blood test), chlamydia and gonorrhea (urine test). If a person has had receptive anal sex (partner's penis inserted into your anus), an anal swab can be done to check for chlamydia and gonorrhea there.
- If you make an appointment for testing, be prepared to give a blood sample and provide a urine sample. For the urine chlamydia and gonorrhea test to be accurate, don't urinate for at least 1 hour before providing the sample.
- NOTE: No clinic (including the SHC) screens for every STI. For example, most clinics do not do screening testing for herpes. So a person can have negative test results (i.e. no evidence of infection) for the 4 infections listed above and still have an STI.
- This is why it is important to use condoms and barriers every time even if the testing comes back "clean"
Is there a charge for testing?
- The SHC offers an in-office rapid HIV antibody test with results in 10 minutes for $20-all other STI testing is sent out to a commercial lab which does charge a fee.
- The cost depends on your insurance coverage-many insurance plans now cover the cost of periodic STI screening testing (including the RIT Aetna plan). Check with your insurance company.
- The lab used by the SHC also offers the option of self-payment at a discounted rate for those without insurance.
- Monroe County Health Department STD Clinic
Bullshead Plaza, 855 W. Main St. Rochester, NY 14611
Walk in HIV and STD testing. M&Th 9:30-3:30, T&W 8:30-3:30, F 8:30-11:30
- Trillium Health
259 Monroe Ave. (at Alexander) Rochester, NY 14607
(585) 545-7200, Toll free (800) 266-9292
Walk in HIV testing M-F 9:00 -5:00 (until 7 pm on T)
STD testing for men who have sex with men and high risk women T 9:00-7:00 ONLY
How can I avoid getting STI's?
Abstaining from sexual contact (including oral sex) is the only way to protect yourself 100% but there are ways to make sex safer:
- Talk with your partner (before you have sex) about the importance of preventing STIs for both of you. This is a difficult but very important conversation.
- Use latex (or polyurethane for those allergic to latex) condoms (male or female) and barriers (dental dams) for oral, anal and vaginal sex--every time.
- Don't mix alcohol or drug use with sexual activity. Many people use alcohol or other substances to "loosen up" but they also impair judgment and may lead to risky behavior.
- Remember: Many STIs have no obvious symptoms. Your partner may feel and look fine but could still pass on a serious infection.
- If you have ever had unprotected sexual contact, even once, or if you notice any symptoms, get tested.
Why is preventing STI's so important?
- Some STIs can be treated but are not curable-herpes and HIV, for example.
- STIs can have serious health consequences, such as infertility, if left untreated.
- STIs, especially those that cause sores and ulcers, can facilitate the spread of HIV infection.
- One STI (high risk subtypes of HPV - Human Papilloma Virus) can increase the risk of developing cervical, anal and oral cancer in the future.
I think I have an infection. What do I do now?
- Try not to panic.
- Make an appointment with a medical clinician (SHC or off campus) for an evaluation as soon as possible.
- If you have a preference for a male or female provider, just ask.
- The clinician will ask questions about symptoms you are experiencing, sexual practices, condom and barrier use and any previous history of STI's.
- You will be examined, tested and treated, as appropriate.
- The clinician will provide information, answer any questions, and discuss safer sex practices.
Where can I get more information?
- Make an appointment to talk with an SHC medical clinician.
For reliable STI information on-line: