Notice: Shortage of STI testing supplies
As of October 2020, there is a nationwide shortage of STI testing supplies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for prioritizing use of testing supplies.
It is still important for you to seek care if you have symptoms of an STI or have concerns that you’ve been exposed.
At this time, contact UHS if you:
- Had a known exposure to an STI, i.e. you were informed that a sex partner has an STI, and we will provide antibiotic treatment if appropriate
- Have symptoms of STI, i.e. unusual discharge, pain or burning with urination, genital skin changes, pelvic discomfort or pain in women, or testicular pain in men
- Are a woman or person with a cervix under 25 years old with: a new sexual partner, a partner who has other concurrent partners, or more than one sexual partner
- Are a man who has sex with men (in this CDC guideline, “men” refers to people of any gender identity who have a penis)
During this supply shortage, UHS cannot provide gonorrhea or chlamydia testing for men who only have sex with women and who do not have symptoms. We can still provide HIV and syphilis testing for these men as needed. Again, we will still treat those with a known exposure to gonorrhea or chlamydia, so please contact UHS if you need treatment or have questions.
On this page:
- What is an STI assessment?
- STI assessments have limitations
- When should I have an STI assessment?
- How can I get an STI assessment?
- How can I get test results?
- What about confidentiality?
- Other local clinics for STI testing
- Suggestions for STI/HIV prevention
- Resources for sexual health information
An assessment for sexually transmitted infections (STI screening) consists of:
- A brief sexual history
- A physical examination if necessary
- Possible laboratory testing
Your health care provider will determine with you what tests, if any, are appropriate. Tests may require:
- A urine sample
- Oral, vagina, penile or rectal swab
- Cervical culture and/or
- Blood draw
STI assessment can include HIV testing, or HIV testing can be done separately and rapidly. See HIV Testing for more info.
It is not possible to test for all STIs. Talk to your health care provider about what tests can be performed.
An assessment is recommended for routine testing, if you have been (or may have been) exposed to an STI, or if you experience symptoms, such as:
- Unusual discharge
- Painful or burning with urination
- Genital skin changes (rash, sore, blister, growths)
- Pelvic discomfort or pain (women)
- Testicular pain (men).
Note: It's important to see a clinician when symptoms are present. However, a person who has an STI may not experience any symptoms and there may be other causes of these symptoms.
Women who are sexually active are advised to have an Routine Women's Health Exam. Your clinician may also recommend a Pap test.
Men who are sexually active are advised to have an STI assessment, according to the recommendations above.
See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's STD & HIV Screening Recommendations for more information.
Call 734-764-8320 and ask about an STI assessment, or you may contact your health care provider through the patient portal (you will need an account).
When you call, you will be asked:
- Whether a partner has told you that they have an STI
- Whether you have any symptoms
You may then schedule an appointment at UHS, OR
A nurse will call you back to assess your needs by phone and order lab tests. Please be sure that your phone voicemail is set up and your voicemail is not full.
- For currently enrolled U-M students and UHS Prepaid Plan members, there are no fees for the clinic visit or the most commonly tested for STIs:
- Mycoplasma genitalium
- For other patients, there are fees for clinic visits and lab testing.
- There are no fees for STI testing as part of the Sexual Assault Exam or as a result of sexual assault.
- Your medical records are kept confidential and can be released ONLY with your written consent, however:
- UHS will bill diagnostic testing to your personal health insurance. Services may appear on the insurance holder's Explanation of Benefits (EOB) statements.
- As an alternative to billing insurance, the UHS Patient Billing Office can offer other payment options on the same day that your tests or services are ordered / performed. Payment must be made within 30 days.
Your health care provider will tell you how to get your test results. STI test results are typically available 2-3 business days after your visit. HIV test results usually take longer. You can get results through the Patient Portal (you will need an account).
Low- or no-cost STI testing (depending on your income) is available at the following community locations. Please call for costs in your specific situation.
Washtenaw County Health Department
555 Towner Blvd., Suite 121, Ypsilanti, MI 48198
STD and HIV testing
Wolverine Wellness, lower level of UHS (HIV testing ONLY)
Unified HIV Health and Beyond, Spectrum Center on Monday evenings and at Ypsilanti office (HIV testing ONLY)
The Corner Health Center
Serving ages 12-25
A wide array of clinical services including sexual health.
47 N. Huron Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Planned Parenthood of Michigan
Clinical services including STD and HIV testing, contraception, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing and options counseling:
- 3100 Professional Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48106
- 2370 W. Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
- No partners (abstaining) or fewer partners generally means less risk.
- Decide with your partner(s) about how you will practice safer sex.
- Ask questions about your partners' sexual history, including STI assessment and HIV Testing.
- Choose lower risk sexual activities, such as mutual masturbation instead of intercourse.
- Use a condom (latex or polyisoprene) during intercourse. Use a silicone or water-based lubricant to reduce the risk of breakage.
- Use a barrier (condom, latex square, etc.) with oral-genital or oral-anal contact.
- Wash shared sex toys thoroughly between uses.
- Minimize damage to tissues during sexual activities by using adequate lubrication and avoiding behaviors that draw blood.
- Avoid mixing alcohol or other drugs with sex because they interfere with decision making, consent, and sexual performance.
- How to Get Health Care - You can talk to a nurse by phone or meet with a clinician regarding any concerns.
- Safer Sex Supplies
- Sexual Health
- Emergency Contraception
- HIV Testing
- Pregnancy Testing
- Medications for HIV Prevention
- Resources for Sexual Health lists other local testing sites and more
- Sexual Health Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention