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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 Sexual Health Supplies

For individual students

The resource table on the ground floor of the Health Center in the Health Promotion and Wellness Services lobby typically stocks a variety of external condoms, internal condoms, dental dams, and water- and silicone-based lubricant. 

  • IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR STANDARD LATEX CONDOMS AND LUBE, feel free to come by our resource table on the ground floor of the Health Center in the Health Promotion and Wellness Services lobby and make your own grab-n-go condom bag.
  • IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR OTHER SAFER SEX MATERIALS: please use the Safer Sex Supply Request Form below to ensure that the appropriate materials are here when you come by. These materials might be on the resource table for walk-ins, but supplies tend to be more limited.

 

If you are looking for more information about sexual health or safer sex resources, please visit our sexual health resource Google folder.

Safer Sex Supply Request Form

Bulk Safer Sex Supply Requests (RAs, Chapter Leaders, Student Org Leaders)

  • Are you a student leader looking for a bulk pack of safer sex supplies to distribute to your students or at an event? We’ve got you covered – literally. Fill out the Safer Sex Supply Request Form below and you’ll get an email in 3-5 business days with instructions for pick up. 
  • The limit is one bulk order per person per month. Free safer sex supplies are always available grab-and-go style at the resource table on the ground floor of the University Health Center during regular business hours.  

If you are looking for more information about sexual health or safer sex resources, including some materials you could print or share with other students, please visit our sexual health resource Google folder. 

Safer Sex Supply Request Form

STI/HIV Testing Options

Before you Visit or Schedule

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.

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 people with a cervix at age 21 through a gynecological exam and pap testing. If you do not have a cervix and you do not have symptoms, there is no recommended HPV screening tool or protocol. 
  • 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 appointments are currently offered through the STI Self-Test Clinic. These appointments do not include a physical examination, and do not bill insurance. For more information on the STI Self- Test Clinic, see below. Please login to MyUHC or call the appointments line (301-314-8184) to schedule an appointment. A $25 no show fee is applied when appointments are not canceled in a timely manner; at least 24 hours before the appointment time. This fee may also apply for late arrivals and missed appointments. To cancel an appointment please call the appointment line (301) 314-8184.

Please note: If you have the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) or Medicaid DO NOT schedule with the STI Self-Test Clinic. Patients with SHIP and Medicaid can see a provider for no charge and should schedule STI testing appointments with a health care provider, not the free clinic. 

Self-Test STI Clinic (No Symptoms)

  • This option is only available to those WITHOUT symptoms, no physical examination provided.
  • This self-test kit includes HIV, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia testing. 
  Free Add-ons at cost to patient

HIV

HIV test (result in 2 weeks) Rapid HIV test (next-day results $51+)

Gonorrhea & Chlamydia

One site (urine OR throat OR rectal)*

Screening additional sites are $28/site (up to 2 can be added)

(urine OR throat OR rectal)*

*urine analysis for detecting infection in your genitals, throat swabs to detect infection as a result of oral sex, rectal swabs to detect infection as a result of anal sex.

  • If you choose add-on services to the Self-Test STI Clinic, you are required to pay out of pocket - this clinic will NOT bill any insurance plans. 
  • If you have SHIP or Medicaid DO NOT schedule with this clinic. Patients with SHIP and Medicaid can see a provider for no charge and should schedule STI testing appointments with a health care provider, not the free clinic.

Appointments can be made by visiting myuhc.umd.edu “Self-Test STI Clinic" or by calling 301-314-8184

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.

Free STI Testing Consultation

  • Feeling overwhelmed by all of the options and don’t know which testing option is right for you? Want to talk it through with someone? If your concerns are not time sensitive, call 301-314-8184 to schedule a free Sexual Health Consultation. 
  • If you are experiencing time-sensitive concerns or are experiencing symptoms, call 301-314-8184 to be more appropriately scheduled. 

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

  • Birth control consultations are for students who are UNSURE about which birth control method they would like to start and want to discuss the options. Schedule a FREE consultation by calling 301-314-8184 (Select 1 for appointments, not 8 for Health Promotion and Wellness Services). A $25 no show fee is applied when appointments are not canceled in a timely manner; at least 24 hours before the appointment time. This fee may also apply for late arrivals and missed appointments. To cancel an appointment please call the appointment line (301) 314-8184.

  • If you know which method you would like to start or refill, then please call 301-314-8190 to schedule an appointment with a health care provider or book online at myuhc.edu. 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. 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 & Wellness Recordings, Presentations, and Educational Media

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