Get tested for an infection (STI)

Did you know one of the most common signs of a sexually transmitted infection or STI is no sign at all? Because many people with STIs don’t have symptoms, we recommend getting tested between each sex partner and at least once each year to make sure you don’t have an infection.

At the Annex, we are equipped to diagnose and provide treatment if you have an STI. Call us to make an appointment! You will not be turned away due to lack of funds.

How can I catch an STI?

Some infections can be passed from person to person by skin-to-skin contact, by hand to genital contact, by oral sex, anal sex, or vaginal sex. Sexually transmitted infections can cause trouble in any part of the body that’s been exposed to it, and some STIs can affect the whole body.

Infections can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites. No cures exist for infections caused by viruses, but many can still be treated. Learn more about specific STIs and their symptoms.

Using condoms correctly every time you have sex is the best way to reduce your risk of getting an STI.

Chlamydia and gonorrhea are the STIs with the highest rates in Minnesota. These are the “main” STIs we’re checking for when you get tested, and we recommend getting screened every year.

You might feel embarrassed or scared if you think you’ve been exposed to an STI, but asking for information and getting treated is better than worrying and getting sicker, or passing it onto someone else.

It’s extremely important that you talk to your partner about sexual histories, STI’s, and getting tested. Even if it seems uncomfortable, it can improve your relationship.

What’s it like to get tested?

Getting tested is different depending on if you’re a man or a woman. Read on to see what it’ll be like to get tested. (Spoiler Alert: It’s not a big deal!)

For the Ladies…

If you are not having any symptoms (such as vaginal discharge, itching or odor, burning/tingling when you pee), we can screen for Chlamydia and gonorrhea simply by getting a urine sample from you.

We will give you important instructions for this:

  1. If you are concerned about a certain episode of sex (like if you had a suspicious partner or unprotected sex), it must be 12-14 days after that specific episode because it takes that long for the bacteria to become detectable,
  2. You must NOT have peed in the past hour
  3. We want to collect the very first pee that comes out
  4. We only want a certain amount (the cup is marked with a line that we want it filled to) – if you pee too much it won’t be a valid sample and we will probably have to have you wait an hour to pee again or come back the next day. The urine gets sent to the lab to test for the presence of Chlamydia and gonorrhea.

If you are having symptoms (such as vaginal discharge, itching or odor), we will recommend that you see one of our providers to do a pelvic exam. They can rule out other causes of symptoms such as bacterial vaginosis, yeast, trichomonas, or pelvic inflammatory disease. During the pelvic exam the provider will use a swab to collect a sample that gets sent to the lab to test for Chlamydia and gonorrhea.

Sometimes, if you are having symptoms or if you had a recent partner who tested positive for Chlamydia or gonorrhea, the provider may decide to treat you that day before we get the test results back. If this happens, we will still let you know if your test came back positive.

It takes about 5-7 days for us to get your test results back. We only call if your test comes back positive (meaning that you have Chlamydia and/or gonorrhea). – so if you haven’t heard from us in a week, NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS!

Because we have to be able to let you know if your test is positive, it is super important that we have a way to get a hold of you – preferably a working phone number. We do not leave test results in a message. If we are unable to get a hold of you by phone or email, we will send you a letter in an unmarked envelope.

For the Gentlemen…

If you are not having any symptoms (such as discharge, itching or odor, burning/tingling when you pee), we can screen for Chlamydia and gonorrhea simply by getting a urine sample from you. We will give you important instructions for this:

  1. If you are concerned about a certain episode of sex (like if you had a suspicious partner or unprotected sex), it must be 12-14 days after that specific episode because it takes that long for the bacteria to become detectable,
  2. You must NOT have peed in the past hour
  3. We want to collect the very first pee that comes out
  4. We only want a certain amount (the cup is marked with a line that we want it filled to) – if you pee too much it won’t be a valid sample and we will probably have to have you wait an hour to pee again or come back the next day. The urine gets sent to the lab to test for the presence of Chlamydia and gonorrhea.

If you are having symptoms (such as burning/tingling when you pee, discharge from your penis), we will have you see a provider who may decide to treat you based on your symptoms before we get the test results back. If you had a recent partner who tested positive for Chlamydia or gonorrhea, we will probably still get a urine sample to test but will also give you medication that day. We will still let you know if your test comes back positive.

Sometimes, if you are having symptoms or if you had a recent partner who tested positive for Chlamydia or gonorrhea, the provider may decide to treat you that day before we get the test results back. If this happens, we will still let you know if your test came back positive.

It takes about 5-7 days for us to get your test results back. We only call if your test comes back positive (meaning that you have Chlamydia and/or gonorrhea). – so if you haven’t heard from us in a week, NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS!

Because we have to be able to let you know if your test is positive, it is super important that we have a way to get a hold of you – preferably a working phone number. We do not leave test results in a message. If we are unable to get a hold of you by phone or email, we will send you a letter in an unmarked envelope.

Making an Appointment is Easy

All you need to do is call 763.533.1316. Your call is completely confidential, and we will never share your information.