The CDC estimates that nearly 20 million sexually transmitted infections (cases of STDs) occur every year in the US, half among young people ages 15–24. Some STDs do not cause symptoms, but most STDs are treatable, if not curable.
If you’re sexually active, it’s important to get tested on a regular basis, especially if you have more than one partner.
STD testing at Hall Health
Hall Health Center offers testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, HIV and other STDs. Contact our Patient Service Center to schedule an appointment. Testing can be done through the Women’s Health, Primary Care, or Family Health clinics.
Privacy and confidentiality
Your health information cannot be shared without your express permission with anyone other than the providers of your medical care. However, certain STDs are reportable by law. Positive chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis results must be reported to the local health department (in our case Public Health-Seattle & King County) to make sure those affected are treated. If you do have a positive result on one of these tests, your information will still be protected, and you would only be contacted if you did not complete treatment. Positive HIV results are also reported to the local health department, but anonymous HIV testing is available in Seattle (though not at Hall Health Center) if this is a concern.
Cost of testing
If you are a current UW-Seattle student, you are eligible for one prepaid visit with a Hall Health Center provider per quarter. However, you are responsible for any costs associated with laboratory fees and treatment. The lab at Hall Health is part of UW Laboratory Medicine, which is based at UW Medical Center. For questions about cost and billing for lab work, call (206) 616-8900.
Most health insurance plans cover the cost of STD testing services. Read more about our billing and insurance policies, or learn about how to obtain health insurance.
Testing through other medical providers
There are many other providers in the Seattle area that provide confidential STD and HIV testing, some on a sliding fee scale based on income. Planned Parenthood is one such provider, and has clinics throughout the greater Seattle area, including in the University District. Visit the Public Health-Seattle & King County website for a list of other STD testing providers.
Hall Health’s website offers information on the following STD-related topics:
- Genital herpes
- How to tell your partner you have an STD
- HPV (the human papillomavirus)
- HPV vaccines
- More information and resources related to HIV/AIDS
- Pap tests
Or visit our health article browser to read about other general and sexual health topics.
University of Washington Virology Clinic (Herpes)
Over the phone
You can call the National STD Hotline for more information at 1-800-227-8922, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
If you have any questions and are a UW student or established Hall Health patient, you may call one of our Consulting Nurses for further information.