STI Screening at Center for Gynecology & Obstetrics in Chicago, IL
Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening
Whether you have a new partner or are concerned about new symptoms, Dr. Rahman can help you. The following are the tests we offer at the CGC:
- Herpes Blood Test
- Hepatitis B
Sexually transmitted infection screening is recommended in the following circumstances:
- If you have a new sexual partner since the last time you were screened
- If you have been raped or sexually assaulted
- If you are not in a mutually monogamous relationship and/or have reason to think your sexual partner may have been exposed to an STI
- If you are having pelvic pain of uncertain origin
- If you are having vaginal discharge of uncertain origin
- If you are experiencing bleeding after intercourse
- If you will be undergoing fertility treatments
- If you are pregnant
- If the screening is required for an insurance physical
- If you would like to have assurance, for whatever reason, that you do not have an STI
WHAT you should do to prepare
No preparation is needed. STI testing can be performed at the time of your annual exam. If you would like testing done at any other time, call and make an appointment.
WHAT to expect during testing
There are two components to screening. Gonorrhea, chlamydia and human papilloma virus screenings require a cervical swab and is performed by inserting a speculum and placing a q-tip in the cervix, similar to a pap smear. An HPV test is NOT part of the standard panel. If you would like to be screened for HPV, please discuss it with your doctor. A pap smear screens for cervical changes that occur as a result of HPV. If the Pap is normal, HPV status will be checked only if you request it.
The remainder of the STI screen includes blood work. Our standard panel includes tests for syphilis, herpes, HIV, and hepatitis B.
Results are ready within the week. Please provide us with a daytime number to call with results. Let us know if the number you give is confidential so we know if we can leave a voicemail. If you would prefer to call for results, let us know. The following is a brief summary of each STI on our panel and what your results mean:
Can you test my male partner?
We will do blood work on your male partner, but are not able to give him an exam or do urethral swabs.
If I test positive, can you treat my partner as well?
It depends. We will let you know on a case-by-case scenario.
What if I don’t want results on my chart?
Our charts are confidential. That means no one will see your chart without your written permission. If an insurance company or someone else requests your chart, once you have given your permission to duplicate records, we are obligated, by law, to reproduce the chart in its entirety, including STI screening. If you do not want your results on the chart, a Chicago Board of Health Clinic can test you anonymously.
What if I don’t want a positive result reported to the Board of Health?
We are obligated, by law, to report certain test results to the board of health.
What if I don’t want the bill for screening to appear on my insurance?
You are welcome to pay out of pocket, and we will not submit the bill to your insurance company.
What if I am covered on my parents’ insurance plan but I don’t want my parents to know I had STI screening?
You can pay for testing out of pocket and it will not be sent to your insurance company or appear on the bill. You need to tell us this when you check in or out to assure a separate bill is done for testing.