Pee to see, swab to know: mobile STI testing
In an ongoing effort to make STI testing more accessible and convenient, Concordia Health Services is offering pop-up testing of gonorrhea and chlamydia in the EV-Atrium on Tuesday, January 30th.
Here’s how it works:
If you have a penis, a healthcare professional will invite you to urinate in a cup in the bathroom nearby. Very little urine is needed, but it’s best if you go one hour without urinating before doing the test.
If you have a vagina, a healthcare professional will instruct you on how to get the sample with a swab in the bathroom nearby. It’s fast, easy and painless.
Afterwards, drop off your sample at the desk, and you’re done! The whole process takes a few minutes.
It takes approximately 2 weeks for the clinic to receive your test results. Book your follow-up on-the-spot, or come to the walk-in clinic whenever it’s convenient for you. The nurse will explain your results, and give you treatment or refer you to appropriate resources if necessary.
Note that your conversation with the nurse is private and samples are taken in the EV bathrooms behind a closed stall.
Why get tested?
- Sexually transmitted infections create a lot of suffering, distress and worry among our students, which can interfere with achieving academic goals.
- Rates of STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhea are on the rise in Québec, and young people between 15 and 24 — university-age — are most at risk of getting and spreading these infections.
- According to the American Sexual Health Association, one in two sexually active young people will get an STI by the age of 25.
- Gonorrhea and chlamydia are curable!
- You could have a sexually transmitted infection without any symptoms, but physical damage can still result, and you could be spreading the infection to others.