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Sexual Health

Testing

Call UHS, (413) 577-5101, for testing appointments.

HIV
UHS offers routine HIV testing; read more here.

Pregnancy
Call for a pregnancy testing appointment after a missed menstrual period. The UHS Pharmacy also offers over-the-counter pregnancy tests. Read more about pregnancy testing here.

STIs
If you're sexually active, get tested. Some infections can be identified immediately; others can take as much as six weeks after exposure to be diagnosed. Ask about any special instructions when you make your appointment.

Urinary tract infections
UTI screening appointments are usually available the same day you call, or within 24 hours. A urine sample will be needed; arrive early for your appointment to provide one.

Vaginal infections
Appointments are usually available the same day you call, or within 24 hours. Don't douche or use vaginal medications before your visit.

Contraceptive services


For contraceptive services, including oral contraceptives, diaphragm fittings and other birth control methods, call (413) 577-5101 to make an appointment with a UHS provider.

Women who've had contraceptive care from a provider outside of UHS should bring a copy of their clinician's report, Pap results and any contraceptive prescriptions to their first appointment.

Learn about contraceptive choices.

Condoms and spermicides are available at discount prices from the UHS Pharmacy.

Emergency contraception


If you’ve had unprotected intercourse and are concerned about the possibility of an unintended pregnancy, come to UHS for emergency contraception (EC). The earlier EC is taken, the more effective it is.

Plan B One-Step, one type of EC, is the most commonly offered form of EC at UHS. To help prevent unintended pregnancy, take a single dose of Plan B One-Step within three days, or 72 hours, after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure.

Women 17 and over may obtain Plan B without a prescription; it's available with a prescription for women 16 and younger. Plan B is available at Walk-in Care, as an anticipatory prescription from your provider, and from the UHS Pharmacy.

Gynecological services


All sexually active women should have an annual gynecological (gyn) exam.

Women who’ve had gyn care from a provider outside of UHS should bring a copy of their medical record to their first appointment.

If you want a Pap test performed or wish to be tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), tell the receptionist when making your appointment.

Pap tests

According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, a woman should have her first Pap test at 21.

How often to have a Pap test depends on your age and health history. Women younger than 30 should have one every two years.

Those 30 and older should have a Pap test every two years. After three normal tests, a woman in this age group may have the test every three years if:

• she does not have a history of moderate or severe dysplasia;

• she is not infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV);

• her immune system is not weakened (for example, if she has had an organ transplant); or

• she was not exposed to diethylstilbestrol (DES) before birth.