GYT: Get Yourself Tested (Free STI Testing)

The University Health Center and UREC Health and Wellness Promotion have partnered to offer STI/STD testing to JMU students at no additional cost.

Appointments will first consist of an STI Intake Appointment with a member of the UREC Health and Wellness Promotion Team. These confidential discussions include what testing options are available and safer sex practices. Immediately following this conversation, students will have the opportunity to be tested.

To participate, schedule your intake and testing appointment via MyJMUChart (select the Free STI Testing Clinic and Free Get Yourself Tested STI testing as the appointment reason).

Appointments occur at the University Health Center Urgent Care entrance, located on the corner of Mason Street and MLK Way. Please allow 30 minutes for appointment.

Please note that if there are concerns about STI transmission from a recent sexual encounter, you must wait 7 days after the sexual encounter for testing to be accurate.

Test available: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, HIV.

ANY MISSED APPOINTMENTS THAT ARE NOT CANCELED AT LEAST ONE HOUR PRIOR IS SUBJECT TO A $25 NO SHOW FEE.

STI/STD Testing at UHC

The UHC is a confidential and judgment-free environment. STI/STD test results are confidential and available via MyJMUChart secure online portal.

Want STI/STD testing? 

  • If you have symptoms and wish to do SELF TESTING, call the Health Center at 540-568-6178, option 2 to schedule an appointment with a medical provider.
  • If you do NOT have symptoms, login to MyJMUChart and complete the STI Self Testing form under the “Forms” tab. Once the form has been submitted, you will be notified via secure message that your self-testing kit is ready for pick up, along with complete instructions. You can complete your test at UHC or you can take the kit home and return to UHC within 7 days. You can also view these videos for step by step-by-step instructions:
  • If you are unsure about which test you need, or wish to see a nurse, you can also schedule an appointment on MyJMUChart for an “Asymptomatic STI” appointment with a nurse through the Nurse Clinic.

Getting screened for STIs is an important part of taking control of your health. Understanding your risks and openly communicating with your health care provider will assure that you are getting the right testing for your personal health. If you are or have been sexually active, please use the following recommendations to understand what testing best fits your needs.


Information to know prior to your visit

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea ($20 per site)

There are three tests for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, depending upon your situation:

  • Urine (self-collection - test for infection in the penis)
  • Vaginal swab (self-collection - test for infection in the vagina)
  • Rectal (self-collected swab - test for infection in the rectum/anus)
  • Throat (test for infection in the throat)
What type of testing should you have?
  • If you have engaged in sexual activity involving your penis or vagina - Urine or Vaginal Swab
  • If you have had a penis in your anus - Rectal
  • If have had a penis in your mouth - Throat
How often should you be tested?
  • Yearly OR with new sex partners
  • Every 3-6 months if you have had multiple or anonymous partners
What about multiple site testing?

Testing is specific to site. If you test only one site, you will not know if you have any infection of the other sites. You should undergo annual testing for any of these three sites involved in your sexual experience(s). Studies show that up to 83% of rectal and 100% of throat infections of Gonorrhea or Chlamydia are asymptomatic and will only be found through routine testing.

Syphilis ($5)

A blood test is used to test for Syphillis.

How often should you be tested?

Annually:

  • Sexually active patients with HIV
  • Sexually active person with a penis who has had sex with a person(s) with a penis
  • Sexually active persons with a penis under the age of 29, not in a long-term (>1 year) monogamous relationship
  • More than four sex partners in the preceding year
  • Those who have had sexual relationships while incarcerated
  • Commercial sex workers or individuals who trade sex for money or drugs

Every 3 - 6 months:

  • Persons with a penis who have sex with persons with a penis AND have anonymous partners or multiple partners
HIV ($10)

A blood test is used to test for HIV.

How often should you be tested?

Annually:

  • Persons having sex with anonymous partners or multiple partners
  • Injection-drug users
  • Persons who exchange sex for money or drugs
  • Sex partners of persons who are HIV-infected or those that inject drugs
  • Any person who is sexually active will be offered a test
  • Frequency of repeat screening based on level of risk


Every 3-6 months:

  • Persons with a penis who have sex with persons with a penis AND have anonymous partners or multiple partners
Herpes

Testing for Herpes is performed only if there are sores/lesions present on or around the penis, vagina or anus.

Are you at risk?

What is the likelihood of having an STI of any site?

If you are sexually active and outside of a long-term (>1 year) monogamous relationship, you are at risk for developing an STI and you should be tested based on the above guidelines. Your personal risk depends on many factors therefore we cannot tell you what your risk may be. If you are concerned that you were exposed to a STI from a specific sexual experience you should wait 7 days after the experience to be tested. Testing is your best option for assuring your personal sexual health and giving you peace of mind.

Tips for Risk Reduction:

  • Abstinence
  • Monogamy with uninfected partner
  • Reduce number of partners
  • Low-risk sexual practices
  • Consistent and correct use of barrier methods
  • Cease engaging in one form of high-risk activity
  • Avoid excessive substance use
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