Student Health Services offers several options for STI Testing.
Self-Directed STI Testing
If you do not have symptoms, OR have not been exposed to an STI, you can get STI testing without an appointment. Simply go to the Student Health Services lab and complete an STI Order Form. For walk-in STI testing, please arrive before 3:30 p.m.
If you have symptoms or have been exposed (oral, anal, genital), please call your Primary Care Provider group or (858) 534-8089 to schedule an appointment.
Self-Directed STI testing is available every 3 months.
STI Tests Available to Order
- Urine Chlamydia/Gonorrhea
- Blood HIV
- Blood RPR
Any other tests needed will require an appointment with your Provider.
If you have symptoms, concerns or questions, call (858) 534-8089 to request a same-day appointment. When you have symptoms, making a same-day appointment is important as specimens from affected sites may be needed.
General Appointments (not same-day)
You may also schedule an appointment to be screened for STIs. Call your Primary Care Provider group or (858) 534-8089 to schedule an appointment.
Most results are available in 3-5 days and will be sent to your UCSD e-mail address through our confidential & secure web site (exception: HIV results must be picked up in person at the Student Health Services Medical Records Department, unless consent is given to send negative results to your secure UCSD e-mail address). Lab personnel cannot provide test results. If no consent is given, you must pick up results in person at Medical Records.
We are required by law to report any diagnosis of Syphilis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea or HIV to the Communicable Disease Office of the County Public Health Department.
PLEASE NOTE: There is no one test for all STIs. Each STI requires a different test and there are some STIs for which no practical screening test exists.
- STIs identified by urine or swab: Chlamydia / Gonorrhea
- STIs identified by blood tests: Hepatitis/ HIV & AIDS / Syphilis
- STIs identified by visual exam: Herpes / HPV (Genital Warts)
No lab test is perfect, although each test has a low risk of false negativity (the test result being negative despite the actual presence of infection). In unusual instances, false positives may occur (the test results indicate infection where there actually is no infection).
Testing in the Community
Find information about STI testing in the community.