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Sexual Health

Whether you are having sex or not, we are your sexual health experts on campus! The Health and Counseling Center encourages all students to have an open and honest conversation regarding their sexual health. Feel free to come in for a confidential conversation. 

Preventive Care

Prevention is key to maintaining a healthy reproductive system. We encourage all students to be aware of current recommendations and receive regular screening exams which can be performed at the Health & Counseling Center. Men are encouraged to perform monthly self-testicular exams to screen for testicular cancer. Women are encouraged to perform monthly self-breast exams to screen for breast cancer. Women are also encouraged to receive a well-woman exam which includes a pap smear and pelvic exam starting at age 21 regardless of sexual activity.

Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing

The Health & Counseling Center follows the CDC guidelines for STD testing:

  • All adults and adolescents from ages 13 to 64 should be tested at least once for HIV.
  • Annual chlamydia screening of all sexually active women younger than 25 years, as well as older women with risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners, or a sex partner who has a sexually transmitted infection
  • Annual gonorrhea screening for all sexually active women younger than 25 years, as well as older women with risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners, or a sex partner who has a sexually transmitted infection.
  • Screening at least once a year for syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea for all sexually active gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). MSM who have multiple or anonymous partners should be screened more frequently for STDs (e.g., at 3-to-6 month intervals).
  • Sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from more frequent HIV testing (e.g., every 3 to 6 months).
  • Anyone who has unsafe sex or shares injection drug equipment should get tested for HIV at least once a year.

Students under the age of 26 are eligible for free gonorrhea and chlamydia testing through a state grant. HIV, syphilis, and herpes testing can be billed to your medical insurance or can be offered as a cash-pay option for confidentiality.

Contraceptives

The Health and Counseling Center does not prescribe contraceptives for pregnancy prevention, however, we may prescribe contraceptives to treat various hormonal syndromes. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment to discuss their family planning options and hormonal concerns.

Pregnancy

If you think you may be pregnant, first, know that you are not alone. The University of Portland is a supportive community with a variety of resources.

The Health and Counseling Center offers free pregnancy tests and all services are confidential. Our team of medical professionals can help offer referrals to resources outside of campus.

UP is committed providing resources that support students with many varying needs, including pregnancy. The University will do all it can to accommodate your needs and concerns.