Testing Schedule for Summer 2017:
- Wednesday 12:00pm - 4:00pm (or until capacity is reached) in the Multicultural Center, Ohio Union Suite 1000
- Testing will be canceled on Wednesday, July 26th. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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.
For the most up-to-date information on our testing services, please check the Student Wellness Center Twitter.
How does the HIV test work?
- The Student Life Student Wellness Center offers the OraQuick Advance Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody test for FREE to all students.
- 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.
- No needles nor blood are involved in the HIV 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 do receive a paper copy of your HIV test result).
- Results are ready in 20-40 minutes.
- Results are 99.8% accurate after the window period, which is a period of 3-6 months. It can take your body this long to develop antibodies against HIV. For the most accurate test results, you should be tested at least 3 months after your potential exposure to HIV.
How does the chlamydia/gonorrhea test work?
- Chlamydia/gonorrhea testing is FREE for all students.
- The test is a urine sample. No needles, blood, or swabs are involved in 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 5-10 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 students.
- The test is a blood draw from your arm. A phlebotomist from Columbus Public 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 5-10 business days. Clients will be contacted by Columbus Public Health if the test is positive.
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Call the Student Life Student Wellness Center at 614-292-4527.
Lindsey Basista, HIV/STI Testing Site Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org*
*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