Testing for STI’s (Sexually Transmitted Infections) is available at the SUNY Oneonta Health Center. The CDC recommends annual chlamydia and gonorrhea screening for all sexually active women younger than 25. Only 24% of 18-24 have had tests. (Young people between the ages of 15 and 24 accounted for the highest rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea in 2014 and almost two thirds of all reported cases. STDs continue to affect young people—particularly women--most severely, but increasing rates among men contributed to the overall increases in 2014 across all diseases.).
Chlamydia and gonorrhea often have no symptoms. Many infections go undiagnosed and this can lead to lifelong repercussions for a woman’s reproductive health, including pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. The good news is that chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are treatable with antibiotics.
Testing is available for other STI’s: HIV, HSV (the herpes virus), Hepatitis, and Trichomoniasis.
Recent national health laws require that most insurances pay for these tests. Confidentiality is important to you and to us and we will talk with you about that if you have concerns.
To reduce STIs, we all must take steps to protect ourselves. For sexually active individuals, testing and treatment according to CDC’s recommendations, using condoms consistently and correctly, and limiting the number of sex partners are all effective strategies for reducing the risk of infection and consequences to health. At the Health Center, we believe that it is a powerful and positive step for all of us to TAKE CHARGE of our own sexual health. SO GYT! It is a healthy move.
You have decided to get yourself tested? This is what to do next.
If you have symptoms- Make an appointment because your symptoms will need to be evaluated. If a pelvic exam is needed you should make an appointment during the women's health clinic times, if possible.
If you have no symptoms and just want to be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea you can be screened during our GYT-TAKE CHARGE (special STI testing times).
If you want the option for more extensive testing make an appointment by calling the health center. If a pelvic exam is desired make a women's health appointment.
Once a screening appointment is made for STI testing, a required form will be available to you on the patient portal.
What else? If you are using your health insurance bring the information with you. Reduced self-pay options are available for chlamydia and gonorrhea tests. You will not have to pay at the time of the visit but will receive a statement from the lab at a later date.
All student information held at the Health and Wellness Center is strictly confidential, and will not be released without written or phone consent by the student. This includes inquiries from parents, private health care providers, professors, and other students. Students under 18 year of age must have parental permission to be seen and treated at the Health and Wellness Center, with the exception of emergency situations, emancipated minors, or reproductive health issues.