Office of Student Life

Student Wellness Center

HIV/Chlamydia/Gonorrhea Testing

 

Testing Schedule for Fall 2017:

Fall Testing began Tuesday, September 5th, 2017. 

  • Monday/Wednesday 4-8pm in the Multicultural Center, Ohio Union Suite 1000
  • Tuesday 4-8pm in the Student Wellness Center in the RPAC B130, 337 Annie and John Glenn Ave (Get your HIV result in 60 seconds with Project INK!)

Testing will NOT be offered on the following days:

  • Monday, September 18th
  • Monday, September 25th
  • Wednesday, October 11th
  • Wednesday, November 22nd 

Tests offered by day:

  • Monday/Wednesday: HIV, gonorrhea and chlamydia
  • Tuesday: HIV, gonorrhea and chlamydia, and syphilis
  • Project INK from Equitas Health will be assisting with testing on Tuesdays.

Last day of testing for Fall 2017: Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

 

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 testing device work?

The OraQuick Advance Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody Test Kit is used on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Multicultural Center:

  • 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. 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 nor blood are involved in this 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.

The INSTI HIV-1/2 Antibody Test Kit is used on Tuesdays in the Student Wellness Center with Project INK.

  • The INSTI HIV-1/2 Antibody Test for FREE to all students and is only offered on Tuesdays in the Student Wellness Center.
  • The test is a finger prick that detects antibodies in your blood, which develop as a part of your immune system's response to the virusThese antibodies can be detected by the INSTI HIV-1/2 Antibody Testing device after 21 days. For the most accurate test results using this testing device, you should be tested at least 21 days after your last potential exposure to HIV. 
  • 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 60 seconds.
  • Results are 99.8% accurate after the window period, which is a period of 21 days.

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.

Questions?

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

Email

Lindsey Basista, HIV/STI Testing Site Coordinator at basista.14@osu.edu*

Caroline Bashour, HIV/STI Testing Assistant Site Coordinator at bashour.7@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