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STD Testing

The following is a description of a sexually transmitted disease followed by testing done at the Luther College Health Service. After reading through the descriptions please take a few minutes to visit the following website to see if you should be tested for an STD: http://www.stdwizard.org/.

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are serious, sometimes painful, and can cause a lot of damage by infecting your sexual and reproductive organs or cause general body infections. 

Gonorrhea: Symptoms of white or yellow pus-like vaginal or penile discharge with painful urination. May be the first symptoms appearing within 2-21 days after exposure or there may be no symptoms.

  • Spread through oral, vaginal, and anal sex
  • Tested by cervical, urethral, anal, oral samples
  • Sent to St. Francis Laboratory at no cost to student

Syphilis: A painless sore around the sex organs or mouth may occur 3 weeks after exposure in the first stage. The second stage presents with a rash, temporary hair loss, fever, and sore throat.

  • Spread through vaginal, anal and oral sex
  • Can to spread to baby during pregnancy or cause miscarriage
  • Can cause heart disease, brain damage, blindness, and death
  • Test by blood sample
  • Sent to State Hygienic Laboratory at a minimal cost to student

Trichomoniasis: (NGU) May have no symptoms, or may have vaginal discharge, itching or swelling with unpleasant odor or frequent urination. It can live for years without symptoms. Re-infection is common. Men may have watery white penile drip and burning urination.

  • Spread during vaginal sex
  • Test by cervical, urethral, anal, oral, vaginal swab, or blood.
  • No charge to student

Chlamydia: Watery or milky discharge with painful urination may appear 1-3 weeks after exposure although many men and women have no symptoms.

  • May have painful urination, abdominal pain, fever, and/or nausea
  • Spread during vaginal, anal and oral sex
  • Can cause reproductive organ damage
  • Can be spread through childbirth
  • Test by cervical or urethral swab or blood
  • Sent to St. Francis Laboratory at no charge to student

Genital Warts: Small, bumpy warts on sex organs and anus with itching burning around the sex organs occurring 1-8 months after vaginal or oral sex.

  • Genital warts is another type of HPV linked to cervical cancer in women
  • Warts may go away on their own, remain unchanged, grow or spread
  • Virus sometimes stays in the body and the warts can return
  • Can be spread during childbirth
  • Test by blood sample, or cervical or urethral sample through PAP exam or through visual exam by provider

Hepatitis B: Many don’t have symptoms or mild symptoms of fatigue, lingering flu-like symptoms, jaundice (yellow skin), or dark urine and/or light colored stools.

  • Spread during vaginal, oral, anal sex, sharing drug needles or by infected blood
  • Can cause permanent liver damage or cancer
  • Can be spread during childbirth
  • Test by blood
  • Done at no charge to student

Herpes: Small, painful blisters that can last 1-3 weeks on the sex organs or mouth occurring 1-30 days or longer after exposure

  • Blisters may go away, but you still have herpes
  • Spread during vaginal, oral, anal sex and sometimes by genital touching
  • No cure
  • Can be spread during childbirth
  • Test by blood, urethral or cervical swab
  • Culture swab sent to State Hygienic lab at no cost to student.
  • Blood tests vary on cost