LGBTQIA2S+ Health Resources | University of Portland

LGBTQIA2S+ Health Resources

On-Campus Healthcare

Basic Health & Preventative Care

The Health Center strives to provide inclusive, respectful, compassionate medical services for students of all gender identities and sexual orientations. We encourage and provide training for our staff on health care challenges encountered by the LGBTQIA2S+ communities and look for ways to improve our systems and communication to better serve our patients. Our goal is to provide personalized care that helps you live your best version of healthy.

Transgender Health

For trans-specific medical care, such as prescriptions for gender affirming hormone treatment, our primary care team can connect you with a specialist in the community. We are happy to provide referrals for these specialists as required by your insurance provider. To make an appointment to get a referral, or to have a confidential conversation with a provider about your health, call the Health Center at 503.943.7134.

PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis)

PrEP is the use of daily HIV treatment medications by HIV-negative people to protect them from getting HIV. The Health Center can prescribe PrEP to students who are at high risk of infection and would benefit from the treatment. To make an appointment to get a prescription and have a confidential conversation with a provider, call the Health Center at 503.943.7134.

Click here to view an informational handout on PrEP provided by the National LGBT Health Education Center.

Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Testing

The Health Center offers confidential STI testing and treatment. Our compassionate and non-judgmental staff is happy to provide information to help you prevent STIs.

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.

Tests available at the Health Center:

  • Chlamydia & Gonorrhea: Free for students under age 26
  • Rapid HIV test
  • Syphilis
  • Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C
  • Herpes

Care for Survivors of Sexual Assault

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lesbian, gay and bisexual people experience sexual violence at similar or higher rates than straight people. Within the LGBTQ+ community, transgender people and bisexual women face the most alarming rates of sexual violence. For LGBTQ+ survivors of sexual assault, a history of systemic discrimination often make them hesitant to seek help from health care centers, police, shelters or sexual assault crisis centers.

At the Health Center we strive to provide trauma-informed care, that supports your needs and gives you choices for care. We are a confidential resource and can help you explore your options. If you are a victim of sexual assault you can review your on-campus resources, or call the Health Center at 503.943.7134 to discuss your options.

Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to view videos discussing the confidential health and counseling services that we offer to survivors of sexual assault and other interpersonal violence.

You can also scroll to the bottom of this page for a list of off-campus resources for survivors of sexual assault.

Other On-Campus Health Resources

Clark Library

In November 2021, UP's Clark Library received a grant to purchase books and other materials related to LGBTQIA+ identities, history, health, terminology, support, etc. Students can access these free resources through the Clark Library's website by using their normal UP login. Examples of materials include:

Off-Campus LGBTQIA2S+ Health Resources

We understand that people of marginalized backgrounds have difficulty finding representation in the health services that they receive, and LGBTQIA2S+ people have unique wellness needs because of the health disparities that they face. To find support outside of the UP community, students are also welcomed to utilize the following off-campus resources.

Please note that the off-campus resources listed below are not affiliated with the University of Portland. If a link on this list is no longer functioning, please send an email to to let us know!

Do Ask, Do Tell: Talking to your health care provider about being LGBTQ – A guide by the National LGBT Health Education Center
Health Care Bill of Rights – A list of rights that LGBT+ people have when you visit a healthcare provider

Clinics & Health Services

  • Prism Health
    “Compassionate healthcare for the LGBTQ+ community and beyond”
    Services offered: Primary Care, Gender-Affirming Care, Behavioral Health, Pharmacy, PrEP, HIV & STI Testing
  • Quest Center for Integrative Health
    “We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing integrative healthcare services, community, and education to all people seeking a wellness-focused approach to living.”
    Services offered: Osteopathic Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Wellness Movement, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy, Peer Support, Meditation, Nutrition, Sober Housing, Telehealth
  • Outside In
    "We provide comprehensive, integrated health care services—either here or with a referral to another provider. Our medical providers can see patients in-person, or via phone or video appointments."
    Services offered: Primary care, Acute & Chronic Disease Management, Reproductive Healthcare, Minor Surgery, Psychiatry, On-site Labs, Birth Control & Family Planning, HIV & STI Testing/Treatment/Counseling, Dental Screenings, Gender Affirming Hormones, Trauma-Informed Behavioral Health, Counseling Resources, Information & Advocacy for obtaining legal name or gender changes
  • OHSU Transgender Health Program
    “Comprehensive care, resources, information and support for transgender and gender-diverse communities"
    Services offered: Primary Care, Hormone Therapy, OBGYN Care, Voice & Communication Training, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Gender-Affirming Surgery, Information & Referrals, Peer Support, Mental Health Assessment & Support, Advocacy & Policy Development

Health Provider Search Engines

How to find and choose a LGBTQ+ Healthcare provider – A guide by LGBTQ+ Youth HeLP

Health & Preventative Care Information

Sexual Health

  • Is PrEP Right for Me? by the Human Rights Campaign
    A Q&A resource for individuals considering starting PrEP for HIV prevention
  • Safer Sex for Trans Bodies by Whitman-Walker Health and the Human Rights Campaign
    A comprehensive sexual health guide for transgender and gender expansive people and their partners

Health Insurance Assistance

  • Out2Enroll
    “Out2Enroll is a national initiative launched to connect our communities—LGBT people and our families, friends, and allies—with the health insurance coverage options available under the Affordable Care Act. We believe that access to quality, affordable coverage is an LGBT equality issue. Why? Because for too long, too many LGBT people have had to go without access to the coverage and care we need to keep ourselves, our families, and our communities healthy.”
  • Human Rights Campaign
    Resources for the LGBTQ community about the Affordable Care Act

Resources for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Let’s Talk About It: A Transgender Survivor’s Guide to Accessing Therapy - A guide by FORGE

Local Resources:

  • Northwest Network
    Serves LGBT survivors of abuse, Can provide local referrals
    Phone: 206.568.7777
    (Leave a voicemail with your callback number and they will return your call from a blocked phone number)
  • Call to Safety
    Formerly the Portland Women's Crisis Line
    Available 24/7
    Phone: 503.235.5333

National Resources: