STI / STD TESTING & TREATMENT
TESTING AVAILABLE AT THE PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER
There is no charge for your visit with the healthcare provider or for services performed on site at the PRC. You have the choice to have a prescription written for your lab testing that you can take to a lab testing site where they can bill your insurance, or we can send out to an accredited lab for processing- but we do not bill for insurance. If the labs are sent out the fees will be due at the time of your appointment. We accept cash, credit, or debit payments. Please see the fee schedule below.
WHAT TO EXPECT
At your first visit, you will check in, receive educational materials regarding sexual health and well-being, and see the medical provider. You will schedule your follow-up appointment which typically will be a week later.
At your second visit, you will check in, meet with the medical provider, receive your test results and any treatment if needed. If you need to schedule any further follow-ups, you may do so. Please ask the provider any questions that you have.
You can expect to discuss which tests are necessary for you with the medical provider during your appointment at the PRC. Per CDC guidelines, it is generally recommended that the following tests be ordered during a typical appointment for STI testing: Chlamydia and Gonorrhea (urine); HIV, syphilis and Hepatitis C (bloodwork); trichomoniasis, bacterial vaginosis, yeast (vaginal swab via pelvic exam for females or urine sample for trichomonas testing in males). If utilizing the lab services through the PRC the total lab cost for a typical STI testing appointment is $52-$56 or $97-$101 for those needing urine trichomonas testing.
Routine screening guidelines for Pap Smears:
- Women aged 21-29: Pap smear every 3 years
- Women aged 30-65: Co-testing with pap smear and HPV testing every 5 years
**If you have an abnormal pap result, you will need more frequent screenings and possible further intervention. Your medical provider will discuss this with you.
|STI/STD testing||Type of test||Lab fee|
|Gonorrhea||Urine sample||Included with Chlamydia test|
|HIV (oral swab in office)||Oral swab||$16|
|Confirmation of positive test for HIV||Bloodwork||$65|
|Hepatitis B (sAg and sAb)||Bloodwork||$20|
|HPV (for women age >30)||Pap smear, visual inspection||$40|
|Trichomoniasis||Pelvic exam, vaginal swab||No charge for female exam; |
$45 for urine sample (males)
|Herpes (HSV)||Visual inspection, swab of a lesion||$29|
|Molluscum Contagiosum||Visual inspection||No charge|
|Scabies and lice||Visual inspection||No charge|
|Other available testing||Type of test||Lab fee|
|Bacterial Vaginosis||Pelvic exam, vaginal swab||No charge|
|Yeast infection (vaginal candidiasis)||Pelvic exam, vaginal swab||No charge|
|UTI (urinary tract infection)||Urine sample||No charge for urinalysis, |
$22 for urine culture if needed
|Pap Smear (for women age 21-65)||Pelvic exam||$18 |
(addl $7 for confirmation
of abnormal result)
|Pregnancy tests||Urine sample||No charge|
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How often should I be tested?
The CDC recommends screening for STI/STDs, including HIV at least once yearly. You may need to be screened more frequently if you are at higher risk for contracting an STI, such as if you have multiple partners or change partners. You can be exposed to an STI through vaginal, oral, or anal sex or mutual masturbation and sharing of sex toys. We can discuss your personal risk for STI/STDs at your visit here at the PRC.
What is the difference between and STI and STD?
In practice, the terms STI and STD are often used interchangeably. However, an STI refers to any sexually transmitted infection while STD generally refers to an STI that has caused permanent damage to a person’s body. Both STIs and STDs are not always accompanied by symptoms. For example, chlamydia is very often asymptomatic in female patients but can cause significant scarring, sometimes leading to infertility.
What can I do to prevent STIs?
The most effective way to prevent an STI is to practice abstinence, i.e. to avoid having sex. If you choose to be sexually active, monogamy in a long-term relationship provides significant protection. Monogamy means that both you and your partner only have sex with each other and have not had any previous partners. If you or your partner has had previous partners, then you should both consider getting tested for STIs before becoming sexually active. It is important to know, that not all STIs cause symptoms, and an individual may contract an STI and subsequently pass it to a partner without knowing it. The more partners you have (or that your partner has had), the more likely it is that you may be exposed to an STI. Additionally, condoms can reduce the risk of contracting certain STIs. However, they cannot provide 100% protection against any STI/STD, even when used correctly and with every sexual encounter.
How will I receive my test results? What if I need treatment?
You will be scheduled for a follow-up visit to discuss the results of any labwork ordered. It is important to keep this follow-up appointment as results can generally not be given by phone due to confidentiality reasons. We will provide treatment for gonorrhea and chlamydia free of charge on-site here at the PRC. Other diagnoses may require a prescription that will be sent to your pharmacy. Please note that you may need to pay a co-pay for medications picked up at a pharmacy. Some results, such as positive results for HIV, syphilis or Hepatitis B&C require referral to a specialist for treatment and we will provide this referral. Please also note that Ohio law requires that a positive diagnosis for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea or chlamydia be reported to the Ohio Department of Health for follow-up.
Is my health information secure?
Yes! We carefully abide by HIPAA law to ensure that all of your health information is protected and secure. Only individuals directly involved in your care will have access to your medical record. We generally do not give results by phone and may ask that you verify your identity if calling. You may request a copy of your medical records at any time. You may also request a copy of our privacy practices at any time.
Does the PRC prescribe birth control?
The PRC can provide you with education and resources regarding the various methods of birth control that are available. However, we do not prescribe birth control. Birth control is taken over a longer period of time and has potential side effects, including the possibility of serious side effects. If you decide that birth control is right for you, then we encourage you to establish with a primary care provider who will monitor you for side effects over time. The PRC provides limited medical care and is not meant to replace the preventative and long-term care obtained from a primary care provider. We also have available resources regarding human fertility and Fertility Awareness Methods, such as the Symptothermal Method and the Creighton Method. Even if you are using a prescription birth control, we encourage you to consider our Fertility Awareness course to learn more about your fertility and your unique physiology, because the more knowledge you have about your body, the more empowered you are to make the health decisions that are right for you.