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Sexual Health

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.

Individuals with testicles are encouraged to perform monthly self-testicular exams to screen for testicular cancer. Examine each testicle gently with both hands by rolling the testicle between the thumb and forefingers. Find the epididymis, the soft tube-like structures behind the testicle that collects and carries sperm. If you are familiar with this structure, you won't mistake it for an abnormal mass. Look for any lumps or irregularities. Remember that lumps or bumps may also present themselves as painless. Look for any changes in size, shape, or texture. Remember it's normal for one testicle to be slightly larger.

Individuals with breasts are encouraged to perform monthly self-breast exams to screen for breast cancer. Using the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, or hardened knot. Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Notice any changes and get lumps evaluated by your healthcare provider.

Individuals with a vagina and cervix are also encouraged to receive a pelvic exam, which includes a pap smear, starting at age 21 regardless of sexual activity.

Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing

Anybody who has oral, anal, or vaginal sex, or genital skin-to-skin contact with another person can get STIs.

STIs usually don’t have any symptoms. The only way to know for sure if you or a partner has an STI is to get tested.

The Health & Counseling Center offers confidential STI testing and treatment, and our caring and non-judgmental staff can provide information to help you prevent STIs.

Tests available:

  • Gonorrhea and Chlamydia: Free for students under age 26
  • Rapid HIV test: $10
  • Syphilis, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Herpes: Cost varies. Processed through insurance or cash 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.