Sexual Health

Health Service provides routine STI testing to students. STI testing is also a regular part of women’s gynecological exams. Students who have symptoms that are concerning them or who have been exposed to someone with a diagnosed sexually transmitted infection can call Cindy Brown at 802.387.1636 to schedule an appointment. Any testing done at Health Services is confidential, meaning that your test results can only be released to you and cannot be released to another person (including partners or parents) without your written consent.

If you are sexually active, regular testing for infections is a standard part of routine health care. What to be tested for, and how frequently, depends on your specific sexual behaviors. Barriers and limiting partners are the two most important ways to reduce your risk of getting an STI. We encourage students to come to Health Services if they have questions or concerns about sexual health.

There is no one standard battery of tests, however a routine screening usually includes an HIV test, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea test. If you are having symptoms, other appropriate tests may be ordered based on those symptoms.

  • HIV
    • Tested by blood test. Results 2-3 days
  • Chlamydia
    • Tested with urine, throat or an anal sample in men and women. A swab may be taken from a woman's cervix when doing a pap smear, as well. Results 2-3 days
  • Gonorrhea
    • Tested with urine, throat or and anal sample in men and women. A swab may be taken from a woman's cervix when doing a pap smear, as well. Results 2-3 days
  • Herpes (HSV)
    • Tested by swab of active lesions in mouth or genital area. No screening tests are available. 25% of people in the United States are infected. Most show no symptoms
  • HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)
    • No screening test available. This is an extremely common virus that can cause genital warts, cervical cancer and anal cancer. A vaccine is now available to both men and women and is available in Health Services. For more details, make an appointment with Health Services.



 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I get STI testing?

If you are sexually active, testing for infections should be a standard part of routine health care. What test and how frequently you are tested depends on your specific sexual behaviors. Health Services staff are available for consultation. Appointments can be made by calling Cindy Brown at 802.387.1636.

Does it matter if I use a lubricated condom or a non-lubricated one?

Lubricated condoms are preferred for vaginal and anal sex. Lubrication helps prevent ripping or tearing of the condom. Non-lubricated condoms are generally preferred for oral sex. Both types of condoms are available in the waiting room of Health Services.

What do I do if the condom breaks?

Emergency Contraception is available in Health Services. To be effective in preventing a pregnancy, it must be used within 72 hours of the unprotected intercourse. If Health Services is closed, women 18 and older can purchase emergency contraception (Plan B) over the counter at any pharmacy.

Does Health Services carry the HPV vaccine?

Health Services does not keep the HPV vaccine on hand, however it can be ordered from Hotel Pharmacy as a prescription in the student's name and delivered. It consists of a series of three injections. The second is given one month after the first and the third is given six months later. It provides protection against four strains of HPV—two strains that most commonly cause cancer of the cervix, and two strains that cause genital warts. The vaccine does not treat HPV, it can only prevent it. There are dozens of strains of HPV, so those who are immunized need to be aware that they can still catch some type of HPV. Most insurance companies are paying for the vaccine, but students should check with their primary insurance companies prior to getting the series. HPV vaccine has now been approved for both women and men. To learn more, make an appointment to discuss the vaccine with Health Services staff.