Health Services offers a variety of tests or test referrals. Some tests are performed at Health Services. For tests not performed on-site, you will be provided with a requisition form and directed to a nearby testing centre. Your test results will be sent to Health Services and you will have to book a follow-up appointment to receive your test results. Please note that Health Services does not provide test results by phone.
If you have a Quebec Medicare card, you can register with the Quebec Health Booklet (Carnet Santé) to have access to some of your results online. Some private test centres may e-mail test results to patients.
There may be costs associated with some tests depending on your insurance coverage.
STI testing is recommended every six to 12 months for everyone who is sexually active. Make it part of your regular health routine.
Health Services offers STI testing if you are experiencing symptoms and a limited number of routine appointments for people who are not experiencing symptoms.
Call us to book an appointment or find other clinics in Montreal that perform STI testing.
STI testing is recommended for everyone who is sexually active. Remember, many infections cause no symptoms, especially in the early stages, but they can still cause irreversible damage, such as infertility. Health professionals recommend that STI testing be done every year if you are in a stable monogamous relationship, and every six months if you are not. Don't forget that even though testing is an important part of taking care of your health, there are many ways to reduce the risk of getting and spreading an STI, including using a condom and other safer sex practices.
You can discuss any issue related to safer sex with the nurse or the doctor. Education and prescriptions can also be provided for birth control options. STI testing is a great opportunity to discuss your vaccine status with the nurse. There are several vaccines that help prevent STIs, such as Gardasil for HPV and Engerix for Hepatitis B.
Procedure for STI testing
Chlamydia and gonorrhea: The healthcare professional will ask you to either urinate in a cup (if you have a penis) or instruct you how to use a swab (if you have a vagina). For a urine test, you must wait two hours without urinating before the test. The test is private, easy, painless and takes approximately two minutes.
HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B and C: A blood test is used to detect these STIs. The healthcare professional will provide you with a blood test requisition and inform you of the nearest test centres covered by your insurance (RAMQ, other Canadian province or international). Test results will automatically be sent to Health Services.
Herpes and human papillomavirus (HPV): There are no screening tests that are routinely used for these STIs. A doctor can confirm a diagnosis if you have signs (e.g., sores or warts). However, it is possible for infected individuals to transmit these STIs by skin-to-skin contact when they have no visible symptoms.
It takes approximately 10 to 14 days for the clinic to receive your test results. Please note that test results are not provided on the telephone. You must call the clinic to book an appointment. The nurse or doctor will explain your results and will refer you to appropriate resources for treatment if necessary. Never assume that "no news is good news." It is your responsibility to follow up.
Pap tests at Concordia
A Pap test is a procedure where a sample of cells is taken from the cervix to be tested. A Pap test is used to screen for precancerous conditions of the cervix and cervical cancer.
Sexually active women who are 21 years old and older should have a Pap test every one to three years, depending on their risk factors.
Call us to book your appointment. When you book your appointment, plan for the appointment to coincide with mid-cycle (10 to 20 days after the first day of your menstrual period).
How to prepare for your Pap test
Avoid having the test during menstruation (during your period). For best results, the test should be done in the middle of your cycle, 10 to 20 days after the first day of the menstrual period.
Avoid sexual intercourse for 24 hours before the test.
Avoid vaginal medications or contraceptive (spermicidal) creams, foams or gels for 48 hours before the test.
It is important not to use a vaginal douche for at least two or three days before you see your doctor. In fact, vaginal douching is never recommended.
All these behaviours can interfere with how effective the test is, and they can hide abnormal cells.
Tests at Health Services FAQ
Getting the results of your medical tests is as important as getting the tests done! The health professional who ordered the test will tell you how long it takes for the results to come in. Book an appointment with the person who ordered it to discuss your results. Results will not be given over the phone.
If the doctor asked you to book an appointment, it is because the reason can wait until the appointment.
A Health Services health professional can provide you with a requisition for blood tests. You will go to a nearby centre to have your blood sample taken. Blood test results are sent to Health Services and reviewed by the health professional who ordered the test.