The CDC estimates that nearly 20 million sexually transmitted infections (cases of STIs) occur every year in the US, half among young people ages 15–24. Some STIs do not cause symptoms, but most 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.
Neither parental notification or consent is required in Washington State for minors over the age of 14 seeking STI testing.
Note that it is not possible to get an accurate test result for STIs immediately after a possible exposure. Learn more about when to get tested here.
STI testing at Hall Health
Hall Health Center offers testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, HIV, and other STIs. Contact our Patient Service Center to schedule an appointment.
Privacy and confidentiality
Your health information cannot be shared without your express permission with anyone other than the providers of your medical care. There are two exceptions to this rule: billing health insurance for STI testing, and reportable STIs.
If you have health insurance through a parent, guardian, or spouse, it is possible that the primary subscriber on the insurance could receive mail from your insurer that includes information about health care services you received, including STI testing. Paying out-of-pocket and not billing your insurance is the only way to be certain of confidentiality.
Certain STIs are reportable by law. Positive chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis results must be reported to the local health department 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 subsidized visit (face-to-face interaction) with a Hall Health Center provider (medical doctor or nurse practitioner) per quarter for a problem or concern. However, you are responsible for any ancillary services, like lab tests, imaging, and medications. We will bill your health insurance unless told otherwise, in which case you will be charged for any services not paid for through your subsidized benefits as a UW student.
Testing through other medical providers
There are many other providers in the Seattle area that provide confidential STI and HIV testing, some on a sliding fee scale based on income. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands 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 STI and HIV testing providers.
Hall Health’s website offers information on the following STI-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
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.