Most STIs have no symptoms. If you are sexually active, you should get tested for STIs anytime you have a new partner (even if this is your first partner) or more often according to CDC guidelines:
- All adults and adolescents from ages 13 to 64 should be tested at least once for HIV.
- Annual chlamydia and gonorrhea screening of all sexually active women younger than 25 years, as well as older women with risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners, or a sex partner who has a sexually transmitted infection
- Syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B screening for all pregnant women, and chlamydia and gonorrhea screening for at-risk pregnant women starting early in pregnancy, with repeat testing as needed, to protect the health of mothers and their infants.
- Screening at least once a year for syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea for all sexually active gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). MSM who have multiple or anonymous partners should be screened more frequently for STDs (e.g., at 3-to-6 month intervals).
- Sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from more frequent HIV testing (e.g., every 3 to 6 months).
- Anyone who has unsafe sex or shares injection drug equipment should get tested for HIV at least once a year.
STI testing is available at the SHC. Call (707) 664-2921 to make an appointment. It is quick, easy, and confidential. Depending on which infection is being tested for, different types of samples are required. This may include urine samples, vaginal/rectal/throat swabs, and/or blood draws.
There is an additional fee for testing. Some examples of fees (subject to change):
- Chlamydia $20
- Gonorrhea $20
- HIV $10
- Syphilis $5