The Student Health Clinic Lab offers a variety of laboratory tests. The Student Health Services lab is staffed by a certified Medical Technologist and is fully accredited by the nationally recognized Commission of Office Laboratory Assessment (COLA).
All laboratory tests must be ordered by a medical provider. Laboratory orders are accepted from referring medical providers and results can be mailed, faxed or phoned to the referring physician.
Sexual Transmitted Disease (STD) Testing
Sexually active men and women may be at risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STD). The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that approximately 19 million new STD infections occur each year in the United States - almost half of them among young people 15 - 24 years of age. The consistent and correct use of the male latex condom reduces the risk of STD infection. Free condoms are available at the Student Health Clinic.
The Student Health Clinic offers a variety of confidential sexually-transmitted disease testing. We are currently offering free gonorrhea & chlamydia testing. Please contact us to make an appointment (319)-273-2009 or call the resource nurse (319)-273-5161 if you have specific questions. There will be a charge for the test, unless indicated free. These charges can be sent to your health insurance company or a bill will be sent to the student form Quest Diagnostic Labs.
We offer the following STD testing options:
Human Papiloma Virus (HPV) in women
Genital Herpes when symptoms are present
Free HIV Testing April 5th, 7th, 12th, & 14th for UNI students meeting eligibility
Free and confidential HIV testing, for UNI students who meet eligibility criteria, is available at the locations and dates listed below:
If you answer “Yes” to any of the following criteria you are eligible for free HIV testing offered by the Black Hawk County Health Department:
- Prior STD diagnosis in the last 12 months
- African American race
- Hispanic/Latino ethnicity
- Men who have sex with men (MSM)
- Women who have sex with bisexual men
- Sex partner of someone infected with HIV
- Has ever injected drugs
- Sex partner of someone who injects drugs
- Provided sex for drugs or money
- Sex partner of someone who provides sex for drugs or money
Professional, same day HIV testing locations, dates, and times are:
- Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 3:00pm-6:00pm
- Tuesday, April 12, 2016 3:00pm-6:00pm
Student Health Clinic
- Thursday, April 7th, 2016 9:00am-11:00am
- Thursday, April 14th, 2016 9:00am-11:00am
More Information regarding HIV Testing:
Why take a HIV test?
- Know your status
- Stop the spread of HIV
- Protect yourself and protect others
Taking the HIV test
- Your results are confidential and will only be provided to you
- You have access to counseling before and after the test
- Knowing your status will help you to make informed decisions
What is HIV Testing?
The HIV test looks for antibodies in a person's blood. When HIV (which is a virus) enters a body, special chemicals are produced. These chemicals are called antibodies. Antibodies are the body's response to an infection.
What does HIV testing involve?
The rapid HIV screen includes a finger stick to collect a drop of blood. If the screening test is reactive, the a small sample of blood will be taken from your arm, sent to a laboratory, and tested for antibodies. The test is confidential.
What is a positive HIV test?
HIV positive means that antibodies to HIV were detected and the person is infected with HIV.
What is a negative HIV test?
HIV negative means that antibodies to HIV were not detected. In almost all cases this means the person is not infected with HIV. Most people develop the antibodies within three months of infection. In rare cases it can take up to six months. It is good for the test to be repeated three months later and even at six months, just to be sure.
The time between infection and the development of antibodies is called the window period. In the window period people infected with HIV have no antibodies in their blood that can be detected by an HIV test. The test is only accurate if there are no other exposures between the time of possible exposure to HIV and testing.