NOTICE: ALL Campus Health services will be CLOSED from 12:00-1:00pm every business day starting May 20th and lasting through August 9th.

A note to spring 2024 graduating students with the Tulane-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan (T-SHIP):

  • Even though you're graduating in May, your T-SHIP coverage lasts until Aug. 18.
  • If you need additional time on T-SHIP beyond Aug. 18, you can request an extension of up to 90 days. This request should be submitted through the Gallagher portal.
  • You have access to Campus Health services through May 31, but starting in June, you'll need to find another source for healthcare services.
  • If you're going to be living within 30 miles of New Orleans after graduation and while your T-SHIP coverage is active, notify healthins@tulane.edu, so we can remove the referral requirement from your coverage.

STI Testing

Because sexually transmitted infections (STIs) often show no symptoms, many of those who are infected don’t even know it, or they have mild signs that can be easily overlooked. The only way to know if you or a partner has an STI is to get tested.

STI testing, in contrast to GYT screening, is a service provided during a medical appointment, which is billed to your health insurance. To make an STI testing appointment, call 504-865-5255 or schedule via the Patient Portal.

Window Periods and Test Timing

If you have been exposed to an STI, there is a “window period” in which the infection is not yet detectable by testing, but it is still possible to transmit the infection to a partner. The window period for chlamydia and gonorrhea is 10 days and the window period for HIV is three months. If you receive STI testing during the window period, your test results may not be accurate. If you are concerned that you’ve been exposed to an STI, it’s best to schedule an STI testing appointment after you’ve exited the window period. If you’re unsure when is the appropriate time to be tested for a particular STI, it is best to consult a Health Center provider for guidance.

When is STI testing appropriate?

  • If you’re sexually active, it’s important to get tested on a regular basis, especially if you have more than one partner. Ask your Health Center provider to help you determine an appropriate testing frequency.
  • If you’ve had unprotected sex, have a new partner, or for any reason are worried you have been exposed to an STI
  • If you have symptoms such as rash, sores, bumps, itching, burning, pain, odor, discharge, and/or bleeding in your genital region
  • If you had an experience of sexual assault/sexual violence since your last STI screening**

** If you have experienced sexual assault/sexual violence, Get Help Now

 

STI Testing vs. GYT Screening Side-by-Side Comparison

STI Testing GYT Screening

Choose testing:

  • If you have symptoms such as a rash, sore, bumps, itching, burning, pain, odor, discharge, and/or bleeding in your genital region
  • If for some reason you are worried you have been exposed to an STI
  • Because GYT screening is only for HIV, gonorrhea and chlamydia, choose STI testing if you would like to be tested for additional STIs
  • If you have had a recent experience of sexual assault/sexual violence**

Choose screening:

  • If you show no symptoms of STIs
  • If you have had no recent exposure to an STI
  • If you would like a confidential screening for HIV, gonorrhea, and chlamydia only

Learn more about GYT

** If you have experienced sexual assault/sexual violence, Get Help Now

 

STI Resources

To learn more about common sexually transmitted infections, visit the links below from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Low-Cost STI Testing in the Community

Planned Parenthood: 504-897-9200
CrescentCare: 504-821-2601