LGBTQ Health & Sexuality Resources

The University Health Center is committed to providing caring, quality, and confidential services to our campus community, inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We work to provide affirming health and wellness services, so you can be treated well and stay well.

Appointments

To meet the health and wellness needs of all campus community members, the University Health Center offers many programs and services, such as: 

Select appointments may be made via the web at www.myuhc.umd.edu or by phone at 301-314-8184 Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. Same-day appointments are limited. The scheduler will ask you some specific questions to help us match you with the best clinician for your appointment and to ensure that we have sufficient time to address your most pressing needs and concerns.

Communication

For many folks, talking to a healthcare provider about your health and body can be intimidating. You may be asked questions that can be difficult to discuss, such as your family health history and your own health history and behaviors, including use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, sexual behavior, and interpersonal violence.

You might feel uncomfortable answering some questions or unsure how the provider will respond to your concerns. However, being able to communicate with your healthcare provider about your health and concerns is critical for them to provide you with the highest quality and most accurate care. Your healthcare provider should be able to give you straightforward, nonjudgmental feedback and guidance about your body and wellness, but they have to start with the whole picture! We hope to cultivate a space where you feel comfortable sharing, where your concerns are heard, and your needs are met. If this is not the case, please let us know how we can do better by using our feedback form.

Confidentiality

All UHC services are confidential by law. See Confidentiality for details.

Prepare for your visit

Lots of people get nervous and their minds go blank in health care situations, so it may be helpful to prep a little. You can make the best use of your time by writing down questions and bringing them to your visit.

Keep your own documentation

Maintaining copies of your health information is a good way to take ownership of your body, well-being, and health care. Keep a record of what happened at each visit plus anything you want to follow up on.

For Trans & Genderqueer Visitors

Our electronic medical record system has a place in your file to note your “sex”, “gender identity” (which includes: male, female, transmale, transfemale, transgender, gender non-conforming, and other identity not listed), and “sex assigned at birth.” Your provider or appointment scheduler can work with you to utilize these fields to best represent your authentic identities. This is very important to reduce the chance of an insurance claim being rejected. If you are confused about this process, please ask your provider to clarify what is on file to ensure more effective insurance coverage.

The University Health Center can initiate hormone therapy and provide medical management for patients on stable hormone regimens. This is a specialty service that is offered to undergraduate and graduate students.

If you are seeking assistance in managing your current hormone regimen, please call Penny Jacobs at 301-314-8190.

Gender-Neutral Restrooms

 

Single stall, gender-neutral lockable restrooms are located in all of the hallways on the first and second floors of the Health Center and are indicated by the sign below.

 Gender-specific multi-user restrooms are centrally located on the ground floor and second floor.

 

female icon/male icon/handicap icon restroom sign