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Sexual Health

Health Services Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants can assess and treat many health concerns specific to male and female sexual and reproductive health. Counseling and education are also available. Services include:

  • Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, HIV, syphilis, trichomoniasis, etc.)
  • Examinations-sexual/reproductive health
  • Contraceptive management including IUD's and emergency contraception.  
  • Pregnancy testing and pregnancy related counseling services.
  • Preventive counseling and education

Screening Recommendations

If you are sexually active, it is important to talk to your health care provider about STI testing and which tests may be right for you. Here are the current CDC guidelines:          

  • Everyone should be tested at least once for HIV. SU students are eligible for one free HIV test per academic year at Health Services.
  • Annual chlamydia and gonorrhea screening for sexually active women age 25 and under
  • Males 25 and under should consider screening for chlamydia in high prevalence clinic settings (e.g. college).
  • At least yearly screening for syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV for all sexually active gay men, bisexual men, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). MSM who have multiple or anonymous partners should be screened more frequently (3 or 6 month intervals) and be screened once for hepatitis B if not already vaccinated.
  • Women age 21 and above should receive testing for cervical cancer at least every 3 years.

There are different guidelines for HIV-positive individuals. Speak with your health care provider about STI screening if you are HIV-positive.

Timing of Testing

  • It is best to get tested before you and your partner become sexually active (oral, vaginal or anal).
  • For those who did not receive testing before sexual activity, STI testing is most accurate 2 or more weeks after sex.
  • If you have multiple partners, it is best to be screened for STIs at shorter intervals, like every 3 to 6 months, instead of annually, to protect yourself and your partners.
  • If you are treated for chlamydia and gonorrhea you will need to follow up in 3 months from the time of treatment for retesting.

Call 315.443.9005 to schedule an appointment.