Salisbury University Health Services offers STD screening to its students at a cost of $20. Results of the STD testing are handled with the utmost confidentiality, and not shared with others without the student’s permission. Allow 40 minutes for the initial STD screening appointment. Cultures are obtained to screen for the two most common bacterial STDs in the United States, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. These cultures are sent to the state lab and typically take two weeks to process. During the examination, the Nurse Practitioner will examine for visual clues of STDs such as crabs, herpes and warts. If lesions such as blisters suggesting possibility of herpes are observed, the practitioner may elect to send a herpes culture. Viral cultures typically take 2-3 weeks to process. Results will be given to the student during a follow-up appointment. If these STD results are negative, it is highly recommended that you have repeat STD testing in 3-6 months if you are concerned about a recent sexual exposure; early STD infections can be missed on first screening.
At this time SHS will not be offering blood testing for syphilis and HIV. Students can call Wicomico County Health Department at 410-543-6943 for appointments to be tested
Hopefully as the semester progresses we can again offer this service. When that time comes students wishing to undergo this testing are charged an additional $5. This appointment involves counseling and signing an informed consent form prior to blood drawing. Allow 40 minutes for this appointment. If you know that you wish to have both blood testing as well as the Chlamydia and gonorrhea screen, please make it clear at the time you schedule the appointment. Results of the HIV/syphilis screen are given to the student during a follow-up appointment in about 2 weeks; this appointment may be combined with the Chlamydia and gonorrhea results for your convenience
STD screening does not test for HPV. HPVs, or human papilloma viruses, is the set of viruses responsible for warts. Some HPVs cause common wart on the hands or plantar warts on the feet and are not considered sexually transmitted. Some HPV strains cause genital warts in both sexes. Some strains prefer areas of mucus membranes such as the vagina; others prefer the cervix. Some of these cervical HPVs have been linked to cervical cell changes and cancers in women. In men, HPV is usually a diagnosis of observation—that is, visual signs of a wart. In women, external or vaginal warts might also be visualized. Very often, those individuals who are infected with HPV have no visible signs of infection. It is estimated that 3 out of 4 sexually active adults in the US carries some HPV strain; most are unaware of this and suffer no adverse effects. It is crucial, however, for all women aged 18 or older or who are sexually active to get annual Pap smears to screen for microscopic cellular changes of the cervix. Pap smears are not part of the normal STD screen at SHS, but can be performed at the request of the student and costs $65. If the Pap smear is abnormal, a “reflex” test of the cells collected at the time of the Pap smear to check for the high risk HPV strains may be performed; this would cost an additional $65.
Barrier methods such as male or female latex condoms are your best protection against STDs, other than abstinence. However, condoms do not completely eliminate risk from STDs. Viruses can still be transferred from person to person despite regular, conscientious condom use. This is because skin to skin contact still occurs, allowing for transmission; also, viruses are smaller than bacteria and therefore may be able to pass through latex condoms.
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