STD Testing at UVA

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Routine sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing can protect you from serious risks.

If you have an unknown and untreated STD:

  • You can spread the disease to others
  • You risk suffering permanent damage

At UVA, we urge you to get tested often. Read these STD testing FAQs.

    STD Testing at UVA

    Talking about your sexual history can feel embarrassing. You may want to avoid testing and hope for the best. At UVA, you can count on:

    • Privacy
    • Confidentiality
    • Judgment-free acceptance
    • The latest treatments and research

    Whatever your background, sexual orientation or gender identity, we’re here to help you get the information you need.

    Oral and Rectal Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Testing Options

    Like other STDs, gonorrhea and chlamydia be transmitted during vaginal sex. You can also catch these infections through oral sex and anal sex.

    Standard STD testing checks your urine. But oral and rectal gonorrhea and chlamydia don’t show up on these urine tests. Make sure to let your provider know about all of your sexual behaviors so you can get a complete screening.

    New & Resistant STD Strains

    Not only do syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia put you at risk for health problems, but other STDs have begun to appear, too. These rare, new diseases pose increasing challenges to infectious disease experts.Traditional treatments don't work as fast, as well or sometimes at all.

    At UVA, we serve as the go-to resource for treating rare and dangerous STDs that don’t have easy answers. 

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    If You Have a Common STD

    We can cure gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis. And we’re working on finding better treatments all the time. Visit our clinic for thorough, supportive testing and treatment.

    Call the Infectious Disease clinic

    Visitor Guidelines

    Clinics & COVID-19 Patients: No Visitors 

    For adult clinic appointments or those in the hospital with COVID-19:

    • No one can come with you into clinic buildings
    • No visitors at the bedside of COVID-19 cases
    • The care team can allow standard exceptions 

    In Hospital, ED, & Procedures: 1 Visitor

    For adults in the hospital, emergency department, or having medical procedures:

    • Only 1 visitor allowed at a time
    • Two visitors can be designated
    • The care team can allow standard exceptions

    Virtual Options: Connect From a Distance

    When you can't visit in person, you can still:

    Visitor Guidelines

    Clinics & COVID-19 Patients: No Visitors 

    For adult clinic appointments or those in the hospital with COVID-19:

    • No one can come with you into clinic buildings
    • No visitors at the bedside of COVID-19 cases
    • The care team can allow standard exceptions 

    In Hospital, ED, & Procedures: 1 Visitor

    For adults in the hospital, emergency department, or having medical procedures:

    • Only 1 visitor allowed at a time
    • Two visitors can be designated
    • The care team can allow standard exceptions

    Virtual Options: Connect From a Distance

    When you can't visit in person, you can still: