Office of Student Life

Student Wellness Center

HIV/STI Testing

What is HIV/STI Testing?

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus and STI stands for sexually transmitted infection.  HIV/STI testing is a free service available to all Ohio State students.  It is regularly offered in both the Student Life Student Wellness Center and the Multicultural Center during the autumn and spring semesters.

When is HIV/ STI Testing Available?

There will be no testing the week of November 19 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The last day of testing for autumn semester will be November 28. Testing is offered in a walk-in format; no appointment is needed.  

Monday: 4:30-8:30 p.m. in the Multicultural Center

Tuesday: 4:30-8:30 p.m. in the Multicultural Center

Wednesday: 4:30-8:30 p.m. in the Student Wellness Center

Testing is not offered on federal holidays, university breaks, or during finals. 

Please also refer to the attached document for additional testing sites in the Columbus area. 

When Should I be Tested After Possible Exposure?

HIV: Test three to six months after possible exposure
Chlamydia/Gonorrhea: Test two weeks after possible exposure 
Syphilis: Test one month after possible exposure

If you feel that you are symptomatic (experiencing symptoms), please call the Columbus Public Health Sexual Health Clinic at 614-645-7772.

How Does the HIV Test 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 Test Kit after 3 to 6 months. For the most accurate test results using this testing device, you should be tested at least 3 to 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 to 40 minutes.
  • Results are more than 99% accurate after the window period, which is a period of 3 to 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 one 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 to 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 three 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 Columbus Public Health at 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.
  • It is recommended that you are well-hydrated and well-fed before having blood drawn.
  • The test is confidential, meaning that your name is recorded because samples are screened by Columbus Public Health.
  • Results are ready in 5 to 7 business days. Clients will be contacted by Columbus Public Health if the test is positive.

Questions?

Call 614-292-4527 or 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.