The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that all sexually active people get tested for HIV and STIs.
People at high risk may need to be tested more often. These include:
- people with multiple partners;
- men who have sex with men;
- people who use condoms inconsistently; and
- IV drug users
Talk to a healthcare provider about your risk.
Many STIs don't have symptoms, but they can still cause health problems. Testing is the only way to know for sure!
Learn more about how often to be screened on the CDC website.
UMass Amherst students can get routine testing at walk-in clinics and by appointment.
Walk-in clinics are a convenient option, especially if you don't have symptoms or if you'd benefit from more frequent testing. Walk-in clinics are conducted by UHS and sponsored by the Stonewall Center.
Consider making a testing appointment if:
You have symptoms which could indicate an STI, including:
- Pain during intercourse;
- Burning sensations when you urinate;
- Discharge from your penis or vagina;
- Painful or painless sores on the skin of your genitals or in your vagina;
- Fever; or
- Swollen glands.
- You want a one-on-one physical exam from a provider.
Your provider will discuss testing options at your appointment. Tests are analyzed in our laboratory; results are usually available in one to two days.
For an appointment, call UHS, (413) 577-5101.