Most testing is done at low cost based on your ability to pay. Insurance may be needed to provide some testing. This is rare and usually relates to testing for herpes or hepatitis.

Women should schedule their appointment when not menstruating. Men should not urinate for several hours before their testing.

It is possible to have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) without having symptoms. Getting tested is a good idea if you are having sex. Testing for women is recommended at an annual gynecology examination. There are no specific guidelines for testing frequency in men. Testing should also be done if you have symptoms of concern or sexual practices that increase your risk of getting an STI.

The best way to protect yourself against an STI is to not have sex. If you have sex, use a latex condom for all genital-to-genital contact. Barrier protection is also encouraged for oral sex. Having sex with one person, who has sex only with you, will help reduce the risk of getting an STI.

Chlamydia, herpes and HPV are the three most common STIs in Temple’s student community.

Remember, vaginal intercourse and/or ejaculation is not needed to spread an STI. 

Learn more about sexually transmitted infections.

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Students often ask if parents can find out if care has been sought for a sexually transmitted infection. The answer is no, your medical information is confidential, and can not be released without the student’s permission. 

However, if you use an insurance policy that is in a parent’s name, the insurance company may send billing information to your place of permanent residence.