Office of Student Life

Student Wellness Center

HIV/Chlamydia/Gonorrhea/Syphilis Testing

Testing will resume in Autumn 2018. For Summer testing, please refer to the attached document for additional testing sites in the area. 

For the most up-to-date information on our testing services, please check the Student Wellness Center Twitter or email us at wellness@osu.edu.

 

All HIV/STI testing is now done in a walk-in testing format! It’s quicker and easier for the students who utilize our services

 

When should I be tested after possible exposure to HIV and STIs?

  • HIV: Test 3-6 months after possible exposure to HIV

  • Chlamydia/Gonorrhea: Test 2 weeks after possible exposure to chlamydia and gonorrhea 

  • Syphilis: Test 1 month after possible exposure to syphilis

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If you feel that you are symptomatic, please call the sexual health clinic at Columbus Public Health at (614) 645-6472 and leave a message. Your call will be returned within 24-48 hours.

If you have more questions about sexual health, please call the HIV/STI Hotline at 1-800-332-2437 or go to www.ohiv.org.

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How does the HIV testing device work?

The OraQuick Advance Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody Test Kit is the device used for preliminary testing:

  • The OraQuick Advance Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody Test is FREE for all.
  • The test is an oral swab that detects antibodies in your oral fluid, which develop as a part of your immune system's response to the virus. These antibodies can be detected by the OraQuick Advance Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody Testing device after 3-6 months. For the most accurate test results using this testing device, you should be tested at least 3-6 months after your last potential exposure to HIV. 
  • No needles and no blood are involved in this HIV test.
  • A client cannot have any food, liquid, gum or tobacco products in the mouth for 15 minutes prior to taking the test.
  • Paperwork can be done either anonymously (you do not give your name and you do not receive a paper copy of your HIV test result) or confidentially (your name is recorded and you receive a paper copy of your HIV test result).
  • Results are ready in 20-40 minutes.
  • Results are greater than 99% accurate after the window period, which is a period of 3-6 months.

How does the chlamydia/gonorrhea test work?

  • Chlamydia/gonorrhea testing is FREE for all.
  • The test is a urine sample. No needles, blood, or swabs are involved in the test.
  • Please do not urinate for 1 hour before the test.
  • The test must be confidential, meaning that your name is recorded because samples are screened by Columbus Public Health.
  • Results are ready in 5-7 business days. You will be contacted by Columbus Public Health by phone if either test is positive. You will not be contacted if both tests are negative. 
  • If you test positive for chlamydia or gonorrhea, Columbus Public Health will call the phone number that you provide. If you cannot be reached by phone after 3 attempts, then a confidential letter will be sent to the address that you provide.
  • If you have any additional questions about your chlamydia/gonorrhea test result, call 614-645-6732.

How does the syphilis test work?

  • Syphilis testing is FREE for all.
  • The test is a blood draw from your arm. A phlebotomist from Equitas Health will collect the blood sample.
  • The test is confidential, meaning that your name is recorded because samples are screened by Columbus Public Health.
  • Results are ready in 5-7 business days. Clients will be contacted by Columbus Public Health if the test is positive.
  • It is recommended that you are well-hydrated and well-fed before having blood drawn.

Questions?

Call the Student Life Student Wellness Center at 614-292-4527.

*Email wellness@osu.edu

 

 

*Email is not a completely anonymous method of communication. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you are welcome to call the Student Life Student Wellness Center and leave a message using a fake name with your real phone number. Your call will be returned promptly. You can also visit the CDC’s website on sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV). You can visit that site here: http://go.osu.edu/CDCSTDFAQ