Thank you for your question.
An STI “panel” is a specific term used for testing blood borne sexually transmitted infections. An STI panel tests for Hepatitis B, HIV, and Syphilis.
An STI “screening” is more specific to the individual. At Nine Circles Community Health Centre, an STI screening includes a personal health assessment and vaccination records check. A screening can also involve testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, specific to whichever body parts are used in sexual activity (ex. throat, anus). Additionally, screening can include testing for Trichomonas, Hepatitis C, and a physical exam to diagnose things like Herpes and HPV. The client’s wishes are always taken into account during this process, and any testing done is with their full consent.
If you want to be tested for STIs that are not offered during a routine STI panel at a Dynacare or different lab, you can speak with your practitioner to review adding any additional tests required.
You do not need to have symptoms or be at risk for a particular STI to request testing.