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Where to Get Tested for STIs/HIV

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Contributed by NU Sexual Health Advocacy, Resources, & Education (SHARE)

So, you’re sexually active…what now?


If you become or remain sexually active when you arrive at Northeastern, you should get tested for STIs/HIV regularly, especially since often STIs do not show outward  symptoms. Getting tested, however, can seem like a daunting task in a new environment: Where do you go? How do you pay? Fortunately, there are several clinics in Boston to choose from, as listed below:



Forsyth building, first floor

70 Forsyth Street

Boston, MA 02115


Planned Parenthood Boston

1055 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston, MA 02215

Phone: 800.258.4448


Fenway Health, multiple locations



Ansin Building

1340 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215


Walk-in or by appointment


Fenway: South End

142 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02116


By appointment only


Sidney Borum Junior Health Center

75 Kneeland Street, Boston 02111


By appointment only


Project Trust

721 Massachusetts Avenue

Boston, MA 02118

Walk-in hours, no appointment necessary


Whittier Street Health Center

1290 Tremont Street

Roxbury, MA 02120

By appointment or walk-in


Now, what do you do with these resources? The location you choose may be based on what and how you’re willing to pay for these services. If you have insurance, all insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act should cover certain preventative care procedures, including STI testing. There should be no co-pay or lab fees. However, if you have not gotten tested on your current insurance plan, it’s a good idea to call your insurance company to make sure your plan has rolled over to meet the ACA’s standards. Your insurance might not cover, or only cover a part of, your testing fees.

There may be many reasons why you might not feel comfortable using your insurance policy to get tested, especially if you are a dependent on your parents’ insurance and don’t want them to know. If you choose not to use your insurance or do not have insurance, don’t worry! Several of these places, like Fenway Health, offer testing free of charge; others, like Planned Parenthood, offer sliding-scale payment plans; UHCS offers self-pay testing that does not charge your insurance or send home a bill of services (for example, they charge $25 to test HIV, $25 to test chlamydia and gonorrhea, etc.)

Before you get tested, remember to check the clinic’s website or call ahead for walk-in hours, appointment times, payment plans, etc.

For more information about STIs/HIV, visit Planned Parenthood’s website at

Northeastern University Sexual Health, Advocacy, Resources, and Education (NU SHARE) is a student organization that promotes sexual and reproductive health on campus while also fighting for reproductive justice. SisterSong defines reproductive justice as “the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.” At SHARE, we aim to raise awareness of issues surrounding reproductive justice by facilitating weekly discussions and hosting events.

SHARE is also an affiliate of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and works to connect Planned Parenthood resources to all members of the NU community.