Sexual Health

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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

  • Monthly Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) and HIV Testing Events

  • Sexual Health Supplies (i.e. condoms, dental dams, lube, safer sex kits, abstinence kits)

  • Peer education sexual health programs

Individual sexual health consultations are made by appointment regarding:

  • Birth control options

  • STI testing and results

  • PrEP (HIV Prevention Medication) 

  • 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

FREE testing clinics are offered on specific days and times throughout the year on a first come, first served basis. These events do not include a physical examination and do not bill insurance. Please check the schedule for our next scheduled event.

Fall 2019
Thurs, 9/19 10:00am - 2:30pm Same-day HIV Testing: Gonorrhea & Chlamydia testing with results in 2 weeks Health Center, ground floor
Thurs, 11/21 10:00am - 2:30pm Same-day HIV Testing: Gonorrhea & Chlamydia testing with results in 2 weeks Health Center, ground floor

No Symptoms

Self-Test STI Clinic (no symptoms)

  • This self-test kit includes HIV, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia testing.
  • This method requires you to pay out of pocket and will NOT bill any insurance plans (including the Student Health Insurance Plan).
  • This option is only available to those WITHOUT symptoms, no physical examination provided.
  • The Gonorrhea and Chlamydia tests are $28/site (urine analysis for detecting infection in your genitals and oral or rectal swabs to detect infection as a result of oral or anal sex). A basic HIV test (result in 2 weeks) is included for free with this service. 
  • Appointments can be made by visiting  MyUHC: “Self-Test STI Clinic"

STI Testing Appointment with a Healthcare Provider  (with or without symptoms)

  • This option may or may not include a physical examination depending on symptoms and/or presenting concerns. 
  • This service can be billed to insurance, or you can choose to pay out of pocket. 
  • Appointments can be made by visiting  MyUHC: “Appointment with a Healthcare Provider"

Experiencing Symptoms

If you are experiencing symptoms the only recommended testing option is to make an appointment on MyUHC for:

  • “STI testing, experiencing symptoms”

or

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

HIV Testing ONLY – Lab Walk-Ins

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.

  • Inform the University Health Center Registration Desk(on the 1st floor Main Lobby) that you would like "Walk-In HIV Testing" from the lab.
  • Call the University Health Center Laboratory at (301) 314-8175 with questions.

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

Free Birth Control Consultations

  • If you are interested in learning more about birth control 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, Jenna B. Messman at jbeckwit@umd.edu.
  • If you know which method you would like to start or refill, then please see Birth Control Services.

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 on our Women's Health Page

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

Health and Wellness Presentations

The Sexual Health and Wellness unit offers both peer educator and professional staff presentations.

  • Visit our Peer Programs page for more information about scheduling a peer education presentation or workshop (at least 2 weeks’ notice required)

  • For a professional staff presentation, please email jbeckwit@umd.edu (at least 6 weeks’ notice required).