The Ultimate Guide: How Students Can Get STI Test?

3 years ago



As a rule, college years are the craziest time of your life. Nights out, crazy parties, and alcohol are, of course, fun. However, they have consequences that are usually not fun at all and STI is one of them. Certainly, if you always use condoms, you are completely safe, but is there a single student you who actually always use a condom? 

Health professionals say that one in fourteen sexually active people has Chlamydia. In other words, getting Chlamydia is really easy. The good news is that getting rid of STI is pretty easy too, but since most of these infections almost don’t have any symptoms, especially at the beginning, it is really hard to find out whether you have it or not. That is why a sexually active person, especially the one who doesn’t use condoms, has to get STI test. In this post, the Typical Student team will give you the instructions. It’s easy, quickly, and not scary at all.

Why do you need to get STI test?





Unprotected sex of any kind is a huge risk. Even genital contact and shared sex toys can be the cause of an STI. The most important fact is that most of these infections have no symptoms at all, however, if they are not treated, they might cause incurable damage to your body such as infertility. Not to mention the fact that you can transmit the infection to many other people. So you should never be embarrassed to get STI test.

When should you be tested for STI?




Since all STIs have window periods it may take a while for them to show up on your test results. That is why after having an unprotected sex it is better to wait a couple of days before getting the STI test.  So here is how long it might take main STIs to show up on tests:

  • HIV: 1-3 months;
  • Genital herpes: 4-6 weeks;
  • Oral herpes: 4-6 weeks;
  • Hepatitis A: 2-7 weeks;
  • Hepatitis B: 6 weeks;
  • Hepatitis C: 8-9 weeks;
  • Syphilis: 3-6 weeks;
  • Gonorrhea: 2-6 days;
  • Chlamydia: 1-5 days.

Where can you get an STI test?





The easiest way is to visit your doctor and you will get the results the same day. You can also get your tests at home and bring the samples to the hospital for testing.

What should you expect?




  • You can request to be examined by female or male doctor if you feel like it’s going to be awkward for you to be checked by the doctor who is opposite sex.
  • You will have to talk about your sex life to the doctor since it helps to determine your risks to catch a particular infection.
  • Testing for Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia involves taking a urine sample for males and a vaginal swab for females. 
  • If you are getting tested for Syphilis or HIV, this will involve a blood sample.
  • If you suspect that you have Herpes, you will have to wait until the sores show up and, in this case, you should be ready for the sores swabs.
  • The results of your tests will be provided the same day or a couple weeks later, depending on which particular tests you had done.
  • You’ll be invited to the clinic for treatment if you are positive for any kind of STI.
  • STI tests are usually completely free.

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