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The Student Health Services Laboratory offers a number of direct patient-requested testing options. All Laboratory test results are reviewed by a licensed health care provider to assure appropriate follow-up care. Most results will be made available through the secure student portal MyHealthSpace within a few days.

Students who wish to take advantage of these screening tests are encouraged to schedule a Laboratory appointment through the student portal MyHealthSpace. All walk-in clients are asked to request a lab appointment at the front desk of the Thomson Student Health Center and check in utilizing the kiosks before proceeding to the Laboratory.

Students and Student Spouses

Lipid testing
Coronary artery disease often develops over decades. It can go virtually unnoticed until it produces a heart attack. There are interventions to prevent and treat coronary artery disease. It is important to keep your cholesterol levels within healthy limits. The Laboratory offers a complete lipid profile.

Fasting Instructions
The composition of blood is altered after meals by nutrients being absorbed into the blood stream. An overnight fast is preferable to ensure that a patient is in a basal metabolic state. In general, 10 to 12 hours is best. Fasting includes abstaining from coffee, tea and sugar-free products. However, since dehydration can alter laboratory results, the drinking of water is strongly encouraged.

Glucose Screening
Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body's ability to produce and/or use insulin.  The American Diabetes Association provides screening criteria for diabetes utilizing either fasting plasma glucose test or hemoglobin A1c for preliminary screening.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)
A limited number of STI tests may be requested directly. Appointments must be scheduled through MyHealthSpace. Students may elect to be tested for HIV, syphilis (RPR), chlamydia, and gonorrhea. HIV and the RPR require a blood collection. Chlamydia and gonorrhea require urine samples. Patients should avoid urination for one hour prior to collection.

A questionnaire will accompany all STI appointments. It is in the best interest of the patient to answer all questions as accurately as possible prior to the Laboratory visit. The questionnaire provides vital clinical information, which the health care provider reviewing your testing results will need to assure the appropriate follow-up care is offered.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the Campus Wellness Office of Sexual Health, a resource center for information about STIs, contraception, abstinence, and men and women’s reproductive health.

Sickle Screening
Sickle screens are now being offered to assist students participating in walk-on athletics try-outs. Students may schedule an appointment directly with the lab. Please plan ahead, as the lab may not be able to accommodate short turnaround times.

Urinalysis and Pregnancy Testing 
Testing is available for patients who suspect a urinary tract infection (UTI) or require pregnancy testing. Upon completion of this testing the patients will be immediately referred to Women’s Care for immediate follow-up. This testing is intended to streamline the patient visit and provide expedient access for care

For more information about these tests, visit www.labtestsonline.org.

Faculty and Staff

The SC Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) is offering USC faculty, staff, retirees, COBRA subscribers and their covered spouses whose primary insurance coverage is the Standard Plan or the Savings Plan free preventive worksite screenings. Additional costs apply to specific tests (see below). Call the Business Office to receive specific costs (803-777-3174).

Additional Tests

  • Liver Profile /Hepatic Function
  • TSH (thyroid stimulating Hormone)
  • Hemoglobin A1C (diabetes screening & monitoring)
  • PSA (prostate specific antigen)
  • Vitamin D

The worksite screening includes the following:

  • Lipid Profile: Total cholesterol, triglycerides, low density lipoproteins (LDL), very low density lipoproteins VLDL), high density lipoproteins (HDL), T. Cholesterol/HDL Ratio, LDL/HDL Ratio, and Estimated Coronary Heart Disease Risk
  • Basic Metabolic Profile: Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) and creatinine,
    glucose, calcium and electrolytes
  • Complete Blood Count with Differential: Red cell count,
    hemoglobin, hematocrit, and RBC indices, Platelet count, White blood count and automated differential.
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Weight measurement
  • Percent body fat measurement
  • Health education

Please call the Campus Wellness-Faculty/Staff Wellness Office for more information at 803-777-6518 or sawellns@mailbox.sc.edu.

 

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