Take care of your sexual health!
Dalhousie Student Health & Wellness provides free* and confidential screenings for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) right on Halifax campus to Dalhousie and King's students.
Our nurses at the Student Health & Wellness Centre or at our mobile screening clinics can administer the following STI tests:
- Males: can be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea through a urine test and/or a throat swab.
- Females: can be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea through a vaginal swab test and/or a throat swab.
There are currently no scheduled STI Screening Clinics. If you would like to get tested, please make an appointment with a nurse at the Student Health & Wellness Centre or Health Services.
What to expect
- You will be required to bring and wear a mask while at the mobile clinic. Social distancing rules will apply.
- You will check-in and fill out a registration form (don't forget your health card).
- A nurse will review your form with you and give you your sample collectors.
- You will go to your room or a washroom to collect your sample (you do it yourself).
- You will return to the clinic and give your sample to the nurse.
Note: If your result is positive, you will receive notification from the Student Health & Wellness Centre and be invited back for a confidential appointment to get treatment.
Can’t attend a mobile clinic and/or located in Truro?
Drop by one of Dal's health clinics to get tested by a nurse or book an appointment.
If you require anal swabbing or bloodwork for Hep C, HIV and syphilis, a doctor’s visit is required. Please book an appointment with a doctor at one of Dal's health clinics.
Is it covered by my insurance?
STI screening at the Centre by a physician is covered by most health plans.
*If you have a Canadian provincial health card, testing is covered by your province. You must have your health card with you to register for the STI clinic, otherwise we are unable to process the request.
If you are an international student or have private health care coverage, please contact your provider PRIOR to attending the clinics to ensure appropriate coverage. Please be aware that if you are not covered by your health plan, you may be sent a bill from the laboratory.
Why should I get tested?
The majority of STIs are asymptomatic, which means that there are no signs, but there are possible consequences, including:
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Blood vessel, heart, eye or brain damage
- Increased risk of acquiring HPV
- Increased risk of cancer