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Please note: There are no free or self-test STI options at this time.


The Sexual Health program encourages sexual health and wellness by providing education, support, and resources for the campus community. Our goal is to empower students to make informed decisions regarding their sexual wellbeing and to encourage a responsible foundation upon which they can successfully build throughout their adult lives.

FREE resources include:

Individual sexual health consultations are made by appointment regarding:

  • Birth control options

  • STI testing and results

  • Other sexual health questions

Before You Visit

The University Health Center offers several Sexual Health and Wellness services. 

If you are experiencing symptoms of any kind, it is critical that you make an appointment with a provider instead of visiting a free service.

Some patients like to use their insurance for these services and some like to pay out of pocket to keep the appointment off of their insurance record. Regardless, it is important that you let the registration staff at check-in know before your appointment begins.

STI/HIV Testing Options

What You Should Expect and What you Should Know Before Getting Tested for STIs

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that sexually active individuals be STI screened at least once a year or in between new partners. Depending on risk, more frequent screening may be recommended. An open and honest dialogue with your healthcare provider will help to determine your risk, needs, and appropriate tests.
  • Some STIs, like Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, are site specific. Depending on your behavior, throat and/or rectal swabs may be recommended for the most accurate testing.
  • Routine STI screening tests for HIV, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea. Additional tests may be ordered as recommended by your reported behavior, risk assessment, and CDC guidelines. Please note that the CDC does not recommend herpes screening for people without symptoms. Recommended HPV screening begins for women at age 21 through a gynecological exam and pap testing. There is no recommended HPV screening tool for men without symptoms. 
  • Wait ten days to two weeks after a potential STI exposure to get tested for the most accurate results. If a recent partner has tested positive for an STI, please contact a health care provider directly for instruction on the appropriate follow-up protocol.

Free Testing Options for SHIP and Medicare

If you have the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) or Medicaid then you can see a provider for no charge, see below for information on scheduling STI appointments with a health care provider. 

STI Testing Appointment with a Health Care Provider (with or without symptoms)

If you are NOT experiencing symptoms

  • This appointment may or may not include a physical examination depending on symptoms and/or presenting concerns. 
  • This appointment can be billed to insurance, or you can choose to pay out of pocket.​

           -​​​​​ Please let registration know BEFORE your appointment if you DO NOT want to bill your insurance for this appointment. 

  • Appointments can be made by calling appointments at 301-314-8184 and asking for an “Appointment with a Healthcare Provider” and be clear that you DO NOT have symptoms.

If you are experiencing symptoms

  • The only recommended testing option is to meet with a health care provider so that they can best assess what is going on and order the appropriate tests to make an accurate diagnosis. 
  • This appointment may or may not include a physical examination depending on symptoms and/or presenting concerns. 
  • This appointment  can be  billed to insurance, or you can choose to pay out of pocket. 

           -​​​​​ Please let registration know BEFORE your appointment if you DO NOT want to bill your insurance for this appointment. 

  • To schedule, make an appointment on MyUHC for:

           - “STI testing, experiencing symptoms” or 

           - “Vaginal symptoms such as experiencing discharge, irritation, or itching”

If you have the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) or Medicaid then you can see a provider for either of these appointments at NO CHARGE.

HIV Testing ONLY – Lab Visits

This option is only available to University of Maryland students, faculty, and staff. We are unable to accept visitors and we do not bill insurance.

  • Call 301-314-8184 to schedule an appointment 

Free STI Testing Consultation

Feeling overwhelmed by all of the options and don’t know which testing option is right for you? 

  • Email  Jenna B. Messman at jbeckwit@umd.edu  for assistance in selecting the best service.

Birth Control Services

Before you visit or schedule

Please look through these resources that expand on the different types of birth control and the frequently asked questions associated with the various methods and our scheduling process:

Birth Control Q&A Webinar Playlist:

Question 1: How do I know which birth control method is right for me? Is there one best kind of birth control?

Question 2: People often talk about birth control in the context of heterosexual sex - why else might someone want to take birth control?

Question 3: What are the best birth control methods for people taking testosterone?

Question 4I can't use hormonal birth control, what are my options? How does that work?

Question 5: What are the benefits and risks of Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)?

Question 6: Is there a limit to how many times you can take Plan B?

Question 7What if I am already on birth control (the pill, IUD, etc.) and having sex- why would I still want to use barrier methods?

Question 8: Does birth control affect fertility?

Free Birth Control Consultations

If you are interested in learning more information about birth control beyond the resources above and need assistance in finding the best method to fit your life and your needs,  schedule a FREE consultation with the Sexual Health and Wellness coordinator:

  • Visit myuhc.umd.edu
  • Go to "Schedule Appointment"
  • Go to "Health Promotion & Wellness Services" and click on "Birth Control Consultation"
  • If you know which method you would like to start or refill, then please see the Birth Control Services section to schedule an appointment with a health care provider (this appointment is not free but can be billed to your insurance or paid for out of pocket). 

Birth Control and Emergency Contraception Services

The University Health Center offers several birth control and emergency contraception options, over-the-counter and by prescription. For more information please visit the Contraception and Emergency Contraception section of this page. If you are looking to schedule an appointment for a refill or know what form of contraception you would like to start, please visit MyUHC or call 301-314-8190

 

Pregnancy Testing

The University Health Center offers several pregnancy testing options. Please visit the Pregnancy Testing section on the women's health page for more information.

Sexual Health Supplies

For individuals

The University Health Center Health Promotion and Wellness Services front desk offers FREE:

  • condoms,
  • insertive FC2 condoms,
  • lubrication,
  • safer sex kits, and
  • abstinence kits

Ask a staff member for assistance if you don’t see what you need.

This Condom Brochure has information about what we may have available in stock.

For RAs, groups, and events

The University Health Center offers FREE BULK PACKS of safer sex supplies including:

  • condoms,
  • insertive FC2 condoms,
  • lubrication,
  • safer sex kits, and
  • abstinence kits

to University of Maryland-affiliated programs and groups.

Visit the Health Promotions and Wellness Services front desk to pick up a bulk pack or email jbeckwit@umd.edu with your special request.

This Condom Brochure has information about what we may have available in stock

In addition to the Sexual Health services listed above, Sexual Health Referrals to local and regional services for clinical care, condoms and other safer sex supplies, remain available, as needed.