Sexual Health

Whether you are having sex or not, we are your sexual health experts on campus! The Health Center encourages all students to have an open and honest conversation regarding their sexual health. We welcome all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity to schedule an appointment to have a confidential conversation and check-up.


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 offered at the Health 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

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:

  • 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.

Download a pdf list of local (off-campus) sti testing sites

Transgender Health

The Health Center provides respectful, compassionate medical services for students of all gender identities and sexual orientations. 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.

Contraceptives

The Health 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

The Health Center offers free and confidential pregnancy testing. Our team of medical professionals can also offer referrals to resources off-campus. If you are pregnant, or believe that you may be pregnant, the Health Center welcomes you to contact us to confidentially discuss your next steps.

If you think you may be pregnant, know first and foremost that you are not alone. The University of Portland is a supportive community with a variety of resources available to you. UP will do all it can to accommodate your needs and concerns.