FAQs: STI Testing
When should I get tested for an STI?
If you have had sex or if you are experiencing common symptoms associated with STIs, then testing is appropriate. Some general symptoms of an STI include sores on the genitals, discharge from the penis or vagina, itching and burning during urination.
How does an STI test work?
There are a few different ways that we test for an STI. For Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, the tests are performed with a urine sample. If positive for Chlamydia, a prescription for an antibiotic will be called into your pharmacy. If positive for Gonorrhea, you will be referred to your private physician or the Health Department for treatment. Syphilis is tested through a blood draw and samples are sent to a laboratory located in Texas. If positive for Syphilis, you will also be referred to your private physician or the Health Department. We receive the results confidentially and will schedule a follow-up appointment to provide you with your test outcome.
For HIV, the test is performed by finger prick or blood draw. The rapid HIV test will give you results in 10 minutes at your initial appointment. HIV does require ongoing treatment; we will schedule your appointment with the Health Department or with your private physician.