Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), also called sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), are infections that pass from one person to another by sexual contact. We do not recommend “routine complete” STI screening without a conversation with your health care provider. There is no single test to screen for all STIs and testing for different STIs can include a genital exam, a culture of the secretions from your vagina, penis, anus, or mouth, and/or blood tests.

To provide you with individualized STI screening, your HUHS clinician will ask about your concerns, sexual history, risks, and practices. Together you can decide which tests are appropriate for your risks and exposure. We encourage you to honestly answer questions, even if it may feel uncomfortable or embarrassing. Your information is always kept confidential.