Laboratory

Laboratory

The clinical laboratory at Student Health Services (SHS) is an on-site, CLIA-approved, high-complexity laboratory that provides chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, pregnancy testing, serology, and microbiology services. Other special testing is available, collected, and sent to an outside reference lab. Our laboratory is staffed with registered clinical laboratory scientists and certified phlebotomy technicians who provide quality testing in a timely manner and are skilled and experienced to ensure maximum comfort to the patient.

Laboratory Orders Offered:
  • Lab Services

    Chemistry
    Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
    General Chemistry 13
    Complete Blood Count (CBC)

    Hematology
    Occult Blood
    HCG Urine

    Urinalysis
    Reducing Substances
    Urinalysis with Microscopic Examination
    Urine Drug Screen 12
    Wet Mount

    HIV Antigen/Antibody Testing

    Serology
    Infectious Mononucleosis testing
    RPR

    Microbiology
    Chlamydia
    COVID Testing
    Culture (blood, urine, etc.)
    Gram Staining
    QuantiFERON Tuberculosis
    Rapid Flu
    Rapid Streptococcus A

    Miscellaneous
    Hepatitis Panel
    Obstetric Prenatal Panel
    PAP Thin Preparation
    PAP + HPV
    STD (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) Panel

STD Prevention

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are highly preventable.

The most reliable ways to avoid transmission of STDs, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), are to abstain from sexual activity or to be in a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner. However, infected persons may be unaware of their infections because STDs are often asymptomatic or unrecognized.

Consistent and correct use of latex or polyurethane condoms can significantly reduce the risk of STD transmission. Inconsistent use can lead to STD acquisition because transmission can occur with a single act of intercourse with an infected partner. FREE condoms are available at Student Health Services.

Lab testing for STDs is available for all eligible students. To schedule STD testing, please call (951) 827-3031. Not on campus but still want to get tested? Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to find a clinic in your area.

  • Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

    Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
    PrEP is a way for people who do not have HIV but who are at substantial risk of getting it to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. The pill (brand name Truvada) contains two medicines (tenofovir and emtricitabine) that are used in combination with other medicines to treat HIV. When someone is exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use, these medicines can work to keep the virus from establishing a permanent infection. 

    When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92%. PrEP is much less effective if it is not taken consistently.

    PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool and can be combined with condoms and other prevention methods to provide even greater protection than when used alone. But people who use PrEP must commit to taking the drug every day and seeing their health care provider for follow-up every three months. Watch this video this video to from the CDC to learn more about PrEP.

  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

    Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
    People with certain risk factors should get tested more often. If you were HIV-negative the last time you were tested and answer yes to any of the following questions, you should get an HIV test because these things increase your chances of getting HIV:

    • Are you a man who has had sex with another man?
    • Have you had sex — anal or vaginal — with an HIV-positive partner?
    • Have you had more than one sex partner since your last HIV test?
    • Have you injected drugs and shared needles or works (for example, water or cotton) with others?
    • Have you exchanged sex for drugs or money?
    • Have you been diagnosed with or sought treatment for another sexually transmitted disease?
    • Have you been diagnosed with or treated for hepatitis or tuberculosis (TB)?
    • Have you had sex with someone who could answer yes to any of the above questions or someone whose sexual history you don’t know?

    You should be tested at least once a year if any of those listed items apply to you. Sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from more frequent testing (for example, every three to six months). HIV testing is done via blood and is free for all eligible students 

    Visit this PublicHealth.org webpage to see where we are in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

  • Chlamydia

    Chlamydia
    Chlamydia is a common STD that can infect both men and women. It can cause serious, permanent damage to a woman's reproductive system, making it difficult or impossible for her to get pregnant later on. Chlamydia can also cause a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy that occurs outside the womb). Both men and women at risk should be tested if participating in unprotected intercourse or having symptoms. Testing can be done via urine in men and women and/or with a cervical swab in women. Visit the CDC's website to learn more about chlamydia.

     

  • Gonorrhea

    Gonorrhea

    Screening is recommended annually for all sexually active women 25 years and younger by some authorities, and only for those at increased risk by others. Both men and women at risk should be tested at other times if participating in unprotected intercourse or having symptoms. Testing can be done via urine in men and women and/or with a cervical swab in women. Visit the CDC's website to learn more about gonorrhea.

  • Syphilis

    Syphilis
    Any sexually active person can get syphilis through unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Have an honest and open talk with your health care provider and ask whether you should be tested for syphilis or other STDs. You should get tested regularly for syphilis if you are pregnant, are a man who has sex with men, have HIV, and/or have partner(s) who have tested positive for syphilis. Testing is done via blood. Visit the CDC's website to learn more about syphilis.

  • Genital HPV Infection

    Genital HPV Infection
    Human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause serious health problems, including genital warts and certain cancers. However, in most cases, HPV goes away on its own before causing any health problems. Testing is done on women through pap smear screenings. HPV tests are done automatically with certain pap abnormalities and can be ordered for women over 30 choosing to be screened every five years. There is no routinely utilized test for males. Visit the CDC's website to learn more about HPV.

  • Genital Herpes Simplex Virus

    Genital Herpes Simplex Virus
    Two types of tests are used to test for the herpes virus, symptomatic and asymptomatic. In symptomatic testing, a sample can be obtained from drainage from sores/vesicles on the skin. In asymptomatic testing, a blood test is available for antibodies against Type I and Type II herpes, however, results are difficult to interpret, can be inaccurate, and do not accurately distinguish between new and prior infections. Herpes virus testing is not routinely done. Visit the CDC's website to learn more about herpes.

  • Hepatitis B

    Hepatitis B
    Hepatitis B is spread through sexual contact as well as exposure to infected blood. Most individuals received the Hepatitis B vaccination series as children, if not it is recommended that all individuals be vaccinated. Testing is done via blood. Visit the CDC's website to learn more about Hepatitis B.

  • Hepatitis C

    Hepatitis C
    Hepatitis C is spread mostly through exposure to infected blood; less frequently spread by sexual contact. Testing is done via blood. Visit the CDC's website to learn more about Hepatitis C.

Laboratory Results

For a copy of your lab results, please submit a request for your medical records to be sent directly to your provider.

Laboratory Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday:
8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Last walk-in patient must arrive by 3:30 p.m. The lab is closed on university holidays.

Fees

For students with UCSHIP, these charges are billed directly to the insurance company. For students without UCSHIP, charges can be submitted to most insurance companies, subject to co-payment, co-insurance, and deductible. For students insured by the insurance companies that we are unable to bill (out-of-state HMOs, international insurance plans, Medicaid, Medicare), charges are collected at the time of visit. If for any reason students do NOT want us to bill their insurance provider, we will accept direct payment at the time of service.

Appointments

To make an appointment to talk to your provider, please call (951) 827-3031.

Please bring the following to your appointment:

  • R'Card or Other Photo ID
  • Current Insurance ID Card (if applicable)
  • Credit Card (applies to all who do not have an active insurance account)
Location

Our lab is located in the Student Health Services clinic. If you're on campus, refer to the campus map for directions. If you're off campus, Google Maps can help you find us.