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.
Option 1: Self-Scheduled Appointments for Asymptomatic STI/HIV Testing. You can self-schedule an appointment with a nurse for STI testing if you have no symptoms and no known exposure to an STI positive or symptomatic partner. Login to the UMass Patient Portal, click “Appts,” and follow instructions at the top of the page to self-schedule. Be sure to complete the STI Screening Form when prompted.
Option 2: Provider Appointments for Symptomatic/Exposure STI/HIV Testing. If you have symptoms, and/or a positive or symptomatic partner, call 413-577-5101 to schedule an appointment with a UHS provider. For an appointment in Women’s Health Clinic, call 413-577-6511.
Symptoms which could indicate an STI include:
- Pain during intercourse
- Burning sensations when you urinate
- Pain or discharge from your penis or vagina
- Painful or painless sores on the skin of your genitals or in your vagina
- Swollen glands
- New onset of heavy menstrual bleeding or bleeding between periods
Your provider will discuss testing options at your appointment. Tests are analyzed in our laboratory; results are usually available in one to two days.