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STI Testing at UHS

It's easy to get routine, confidential testing for HIV and other STIs (sexually transmitted infections) at UHS. Charges apply, but you don't have to pay on the day of your appointment.

step one
Schedule an appointment at (512) 471-4955 or book online. Same-day and next-day appointments are usually available.

step one
Choose the right appointment for you. Log on to MyUHS.

  • If you don't have any symptoms and just want to get checked out, choose the Nursing department, then STI Screening (no symptoms) to see a nurse.
  • If you have symptoms (see below), think you've been exposed to an STI, or are pregnant and want STI testing, choose a department: Women's Health or General Medicine, then choose STI Concern/Testing to see a medical provider (doctor, nurse practitioner, physician assistant)
  • Please do not empty your bladder for at least 1 hour before your scheduled appointment time.

  • Symptoms that might be caused by an STI include

    • Genital symptoms such as a rash, itching, discharge, bumps, or sores
    • A burning sensation when you urinate
    • Unexplained abdominal pain

If you have been exposed to an STI, even if you haven't noticed any symptoms, see a medical provider to talk about preventative treatment.

If you have no symptoms but prefer to see a provider, choose a department, then select STI Concern/Testing.

step three
Complete a brief questionnaire so that we can tailor your appointment to your specific needs.

step three
Bring to your appointment:

  • Your UT ID card or other valid photo ID
  • Your insurance card (if you have one)


How much does it cost?
Most health insurance plans pay at least part of the cost for STI testing. You can call your insurance company to ask or let the staff in our Cashier/Insurance Office help you learn about your insurance plan. Occasionally an additional test is added after a result is finalized, either to confirm the result or to obtain more information regarding a diagnosis. These reflex tests are added automatically and an additional charge will be added to your account.

Note: based on your risk factor, your provider may recommend testing multiple sites (vaginal, oral, or rectal). Each of these sites is considered a different test, meaning each will incur a separate charge.

What happens during my appointment?
You'll talk about the questionnaire with your clinician, who will recommend lab tests based on your individual risk factors. We'll collect the specimens needed for your lab tests and ask you how you would like to receive your results. You'll also have a chance to talk about any concerns you may have and learn about additional ways protect your health. UHS clinicians are non-judgmental and welcome all students. Plan to be at UHS for about an hour. Many appointments are shorter, but we don't want to make you late to work or class.

How and when will I get my results?
At your appointment, you'll be asked how you want to get your results, which will be available one to five days after your appointment.

What happens if my results are positive? What if I have an STI?
The next step depends on the type of STI. Sometimes, we can call in a prescription to your pharmacy. Other times, you may be asked to come in to get treatment and talk with a nurse or medical provider.

UHS accepts most insurance plans, however, you don't have to have health insurance to use UHS services, including STI testing. If you don't have insurance or if you are covered by Medicaid or Medicare, or are otherwise underinsured, you will receive a discounted rate. If you have insurance but don't want to file a claim for your visit, you are eligibile for the discounted rate but must pay in full before close of business on the day of your visit.
You can call the UHS Cashier/Insurance office to see if UHS accepts your insurance.

What tests do you offer? What STIs do you test for?

In a routine screening appointment (no symptoms), you will be tested for any of the following:
Hepatitis A, B, & C
The specific tests you receive will be determined by your personal risk factors; but you may choose to be tested for additional STIs.

What if I want to be tested for herpes or HPV?
In the cases of both herpes and HPV, lab testing is only useful when a person has symptoms that suggest an infection, such as a rash, bumps, warts, or sores. Tests cannot say with accuracy that you don't have herpes or HPV. Therefore, routine screening isn't helpful and isn't recommended. Learn more here.

If you think you might have herpes or HPV, schedule an appointment to talk with a medical provider.

For ideal HPV prevention,

Which HIV test does UHS use?
We follow current CDC guidelines by using 4th generation antigen/antibody testing with reflex MultiSpot testing. These tests can detect HIV antibodies much sooner after exposure than previous tests. Rapid HIV testing is not available at UHS at this time.

How do you decide what to test me for?
We ask you to complete a confidential questionnaire when you're booking your appointment. Your answers help your clinician choose the tests that are most appropriate for your individual situation so that your appointment doesn't cost more than necessary and so that you get the most relevant information. We tailor the appointment to your unique needs, so it's important that you give honest and accurate information.

Why should I get tested? How does getting tested help me?
Most people who get a sexually transmitted infection do not have symptoms. Early diagnosis and management are important in reducing the risk of complications.

Get tested at the first sign of an STI. Additionally, women can request STI screening at their annual pelvic exam, and men can schedule regular testing. While testing won't keep you from getting an STI, it can facilitate early diagnosis and treatment, which can reduce your risk of complications - including infertility. If you have multiple or new sexual partners, consider getting tested more frequently than once per year. Check out the current Centers for Disease Control guidelines.

Can I bring a friend/partner?
You can bring a friend/partner, but your appointment is just for you. If your friend/partner is a fellow UT student and wants to get tested, you can encourage them to make their own appointment. People who don't attend UT can get tested off campus.

How do I tell a partner(s) that I have an STI?
Current and Past Partners

Telling a current or past sexual partner that you have an STI can be intimidating, but it ensures that your partner(s) can receive testing and treatment.

What to tell your partner(s):

  • That they may be at risk for a sexually transmitted infection
  • Stop having sex until they can get tested and treated by a healthcare provider
  • That they will need to contact their other partners
  • Accurate information about your STI (You can find that right here on the Healthyhorns page)

How to make it easier:

  • Be honest and straightforward, and try to remain open to your partner's questions, thoughts, and emotions.
  • Plan out what you are going to say, and imagine how you would like to be told.
  • Keep in mind that some STIs don't always cause symptoms immediately, if ever. It is possible that you or your partner got the STI from a previous relationship, even one in which you didn't have penetrative sex.
  • Talking in person is preferable. However, if you decide to call or text, ask if it's a good time before giving them the news.

If you're concerned that your partner might hurt you, notifying them by phone, email, text, anonymously, or not at all might be safer than telling them in person. If you have concerns about a member of the UT-Austin community, contact the 24-hour Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL) at 512-232-5050.

Future Partners

If you have an STI that can be treated, but not cured (like genital herpes, HIV, or HPV), you will need to tell your future partners before any sexual contact occurs.

  • Talk to your health care provider about how to avoid passing the STI to sexual partners.
  • Be open and straightforward. You could start by saying, "Before we have sex, I want us to talk about STDs and protection, because I have [type of STI]." Creating a conversation that is open to all questions, thoughts, and emotions will help make your potential partner feel more comfortable.
  • Give your potential partner time to process this information and make an informed decision about having sex with you. Let them know that you are available to answer any questions and to continue the conversation with them.
  • Know that there are other ways you and your partner can be intimate or express your feelings for one another if decide not to have vaginal, anal, or oral sex. If you and your partner decide to be sexual in any way, be sure to practice safer sex.

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