Some STIs, including human papillomavirus (HPV) and herpes simplex virus (HSV) and can be spread by touching — either genital to genital or hand to genital. Others, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), pelvic inflammatory disease, chlamydia, and gonorrhea, are transmitted through contact with an infected person's body fluids.
• Burning sensation when urinating
• Sores, bumps, rashes, or blisters in the genital or anal areas
• Abnormal discharge from the vagina or penis
• Itching, pain, or discharge from the anal area
• Redness or swelling in the genitals
How are STIs diagnosed?
Most STIs are diagnosed through an exam by your clinician, a culture of the secretions from your vagina or penis, or though a blood test. In order to provide you with a comprehensive screening for STIs, your HUHS clinician will meet with you to discuss your concerns and risks. Together you can decide which tests are appropriate for your risks and exposure.
For many of the infections, the incubation period (the time from when you are exposed to when you see symptoms or tests may show positive results) may be several days to a week. If you had a recent exposure that you are concerned about, we’d advise you to call or meet with your clinician, particularly if you are interested in obtaining emergency contraception (morning after pill). You may be asked to return at a later time for additional tests.
If you are diagnosed with a STI, it is important to receive treatment and take as directed. Some STIs can cause long-term health issues if left untreated, especially for women.
Medical Services - Adult Primary Care
Your primary care clinician can help with questions or concerns regarding prevention of sexually transmitted infections. Call to make an appointment. If you don’t know who your PCP is, contact member services at 617-495-2008.
Center for Wellness
The Center for Wellness offers the latest information on sexuality, sexually transmitted infections, or relationships. They also have free condoms and dental dams. Stop by the Arcade at Holyoke Center or call 617-495-9629.
Peer Contraceptive Counselors (PCC)
PCC is a group of male and female undergraduates trained to counsel students on issues of sexuality, relationships, STIs, AIDS/HIV, safe sex and contraception. The PCC office is open for both calls and drop-in visits, and provides free condoms, dental dams, lubricant, and a varied library of sexual health literature. PCC counselors are available every night from 7 PM to 12 AM on the 5th floor of HUHS.