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Care for LGBTQ+ Students

Student Health and Wellness (SHW) is committed to removing barriers to care for LGBTQ+ patients. We encourage LBGTQ+ students to access our services for acute and chronic illnesses, preventative services, nutrition services, substance misuse counseling, disability services, STI screening, and any other wel-lbeing and health care needs. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I schedule an appointment at SHW?

Information about hours and appointments at SHW can be found here.  Students interested in transgender health care can choose that appointment option when scheduling in Medical Services. 

How can I indicate my name, gender, or pronouns on SHW forms?

Students can schedule appointments and then send a Secure Message through the HealthyHoos patient portal to the provider they will see, asking the provider to change gender or pronouns prior to their visit. Students can also ask providers to change names, gender, or pronouns during their visit. 

What care is SHW providing?

We see students for all types of medical and psychological concerns, both preventive and illness-related, and provide referrals as needed – please do not hesitate to come see us!

All medical providers provide care following an unwanted sexual encounter. In addition, a certified SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) nurse practitioner also works at SHW, providing examinations for sexual assault evidence collection for all students, regardless of gender.  These exams can take place even if a student is undecided about whether to pursue legal action. 

In addition, we offer pre-exposure HIV prophylaxis (PrEP). 

What are the guidelines for health screenings?

SHW follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines which state that all young adults should receive STI screening, skin cancer screening, blood pressure screening, depression screening, oral health screening, and tobacco use screening annually, and diabetes and heart disease screening as needed. Young adults should also receive counseling on healthy diets and physical activity.

What care do we offer to people approaching graduation?

The clinicians at SHW can help refer you to inclusive community providers or organizations. Students who have graduated can visit SHW up to one week after graduation.

Thoughts about safety.

LGBTQ+ students can be at higher risk for abuse or assault. Use the buddy system when going out, recognize how alcohol may be impacting you and/or others, and trust your instincts which may be telling you to leave a situation. 

What is SHW' goal in terms of offering inclusive services and care?

We would like all LGBTQ+ students to feel like they have a home at SHW  Please let us know what we can do to improve our services. While it is often best to speak directly to your provider about any issues you may be having regarding your care, you can also email us. We welcome all comments and concerns!