For those that are sexually active, it is important to remember that there are certain responsibilities attached to that decision. Good sex is safer sex, which includes getting consent (an enthusiastic and freely given “yes!”), using protection, and knowing your status by getting tested for sexually transmitted infections.
Get Tested: Pop in for a Test on March 25
Drop in for a STI test on March 25th from 2-4pm at Student Health Service, no appointment necessary, or make an appointment for a later date by calling: 604-822-7011.
Know your status
It is very unlikely for symptoms to be apparent for the majority of people infected. There is great risk here as individuals can pass on an infection unknowingly. The only way to know for sure if you have an STI is to get tested. If an STI is detected, treating it early can prevent further health complications.
Testing is quick and easy
There are no painful swabs or invasive procedures. Student Health Services tests for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV by using both blood and urine samples. The urine samples require that you hold off on urinating for 2 hours before your appointment, which may require some planning, but it ensures an accurate test.
The test will begin with a short consultation with a doctor about your sexual history.The test is free for almost all UBC students. Remember to bring your UBC student card as well as your coverage card. Coverage and possible fees will also be discussed during the consultation period with the doctor. Results are delivered over the phone; the clinic will only call you if there is a positive result which usually occurs within a week. The test is fully confidential and your results will only be shared with you.
If you would like more information regarding STI testing or any other sexual health information, visit the UBC Wellness Center located in the basement of IKB and speak with a Wellness Peer or visit the Live Well website.