About STIs

Equality Health Center offers nonjudgmental  and confidential (name kept private) STI  (sexually transmitted infection) testing. In New Hampshire, teens can consent to HIV and STI testing and treatment without a parent’s permission.

Sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) are a part of life. They do not discriminate – EVERYONE that is sexually active is fair game for an STI. They affect all age groups. And, if you are younger than 35, you have the highest risk of catching and/or passing an STI along. Given that at least 40% of people that have sexually transmitted infections don’t have symptoms, the only sure way to know if you have something going on “down there” is to get tested. STIs with symptoms are referred to as Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).

At the Center we are able to test for sexually transmitted infections. If you are uninsured you may have the standard STI series of tests (chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV rapid test) for a set fee and for additional fees other tests are available as well. If you have health insurance we can check to see if the tests you want are a covered service.

“STD/STI Special”    Included in this screening are the following (No physical exam with this screening):

  • HIV: oral swab, results available in 20 minutes
  • Chlamydia: urine test, results usually in 5 to 7 business days
  • Gonorrhea: urine test, results usually in 5 to 7 business days
  • Syphillis: blood draw, results usually in 5 to 7 business days

Additional Screening Tests available:

  • Hepatitis C  finger-stick blood test, results available in 20 minutes
  • Herpes Simplex Virus 1 &2 blood draw, results available in 5 to 7 business days

With this particular test if the results are positive, you have been exposed to the virus and developed antibodies. It doesn’t tell you the actual location of the infection (genital or oral) or when you got infected.

  • Pap and /or HPV test (for this you need to schedule a physical exam & office visit with the practitioner)

 If you are scheduled for sexually transmitted infection testing because you have a physical symptom of infection that needs to be evaluated by the practitioner, your appointment could involve any of the following:

  • Physical, visual evaluation of the presenting symptoms which may include any of the following: pelvic exam, speculum exam, penile and testicular exam, rectal exam, throat exam
  • Collection of cells at suspected site of infection
  • Collection of blood to test for antibodies
  • Any tests the practitioner thinks are appropriate after reviewing your medical history
  • Get resources and referrals as needed to reduce your future risk of infection

For test results please let the practitioner or health worker you meet with know the best way for us to contact you with test results (confirm correct phone and mailing address)

STI Specific Information