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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 Safer Sex Supplies

What are safer sex supplies?

When used consistently and correctly, safer sex supplies can reduce the risk of pregnancy and contracting or transmitting many STIs. These free supplies are available in a variety of locations on campus and are an important sexual health safety resource.

Types of free safer sex supplies provided on campus include external condoms, insertive condoms, oral dams, gloves, and lubricant. For more information about these safer sex supplies and how to use them, click here.

Where can I find free safer sex supplies?

You can find free safer sex supplies in the following locations:

Have feedback or an idea of where you want to see free safer sex supplies on campus? Fill out this survey.

Looking for latex-free, larger, snugger, or other specialty condoms or gloves? Fill out this form, and your request will be filled for discreet pickup at the University Health Center. 

SHARE THE LOVE: When visiting a free safer sex supply location, we ask that you take only what you need. Do not take the free supplies in bulk. Fill out this form if you need large quantities for a program or event.

You can find locations to buy or get free safer sex supplies both on and off campus on our Sexual Health Resource Map.

How can I help distribute safer sex supplies to students?

We provide bulk packs of safer sex supplies for faculty, staff, and student leaders (RA, DFSL chapter leader, student org president, etc.) who are hosting a sexual health event and/or have residential or office space where students can easily access the supplies.

Bulk packs are limited to two per month. Requests are available to pick up at the University Health Center within 2 weeks. 

 

BULK PACK REQUEST FORM

Sexually Transmitted Infections

What are sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?

STIs are infections that can be passed from one person to another during sexual activity (some are also transmitted in other ways, such as through skin-to-skin contact or blood). They are very common – about 20 million STIs are diagnosed in the United States each year, and half of those are in people aged 15-24-years-old. 

Many people infected with an STI do not experience symptoms or have mild ones that could be easily overlooked, so testing is the only way to know if you are infected. While some STIs can have serious health impacts if left untreated, all STIs are treatable, and most are curable. 

Parasitic (treatable & curable) Pubic Lice (S) Trichomoniasis (S)
Bacterial (treatable & curable) *Gonorrhea (F) *Chlamydia (F) Syphilis (S)
Viral (treatable) Herpes (S) HPV (F) *HIV (F)

*Recommended for regular asymptomatic screening if sexually active

Key: F=fluid transmission S=skin-to-skin transmission

The most effective way to prevent STIs is through abstaining from sexual activity. If you are sexually active, there are many things you can do to reduce the risk of getting or transmitting an STI. 

For more information about STI prevention medication and vaccinations, see the Gynecology, Genital, Reproductive, and Sexual Health Services page here.

For more information about STIs and risk reduction strategies, see our FAQ here. If you have additional questions about STIs (including prevention and testing options), we’re here for you! Schedule a free one-on-one session with a health educator by calling 301-314-8184. 

Overview of STI Testing On Campus

STI Express Test is our free screening program for HIV, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. STI Express Test is for students who do not have symptoms or a known exposure and are seeking STI testing as part of their regular wellness routine. 

If you are sexually active, it is recommended to be screened on a regular basis, especially if you have more than one partner. A provider can help you determine the appropriate testing frequency for you.

For the most accurate results, wait at least 7-10 days after a possible exposure to be screened for chlamydia and gonorrhea, and up to 3 months after a possible exposure to be screened for HIV (although some tests can detect HIV more quickly). 

 

STI Express Test


Choose this option if:

  • You have no symptoms of an STI
  • You have no known exposure (i.e., not had a partner test positive that you know of)
  • You do not want or need a physical exam
  • You do not want to bill your insurance plan
  • You do not have the student health insurance plan (SHIP) or Maryland Medicaid
  • You would like to be screened for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia only

 

 

 

STI Testing With a Medical Provider


Choose this option if:

  • You have symptoms such as a rash, sore, bumps, itching, burning, pain, odor, discharge, and/or bleeding in your genital region
  • You have pelvic or testicular discomfort or pain
  • You have had a partner tell you that they tested positive for an STI since the last time you were tested
  • You would like to be tested for additional STIs
  • You have had a recent experience of sexual assault/sexual violence (you can get support from CARE)

For more information about STI/HIV testing options, see below.

 

Free STI/HIV Testing Events (no symptoms only)

Free STI/HIV events are occasionally offered on specific days and times throughout the academic year on a first come, first served basis. 

Spring 2024 Events:

The following events will all be held on the ground floor of the Health Center from 1pm-3pm.

   Wednesday, January 31st

  •  Wednesday, February 28th

  •  Wednesday, March 27th

You will meet in a private room with an HIV testing counselor from Heart to Hand who will conduct a quick finger prick to draw a drop of blood and then deliver your results within a few minutes.

The free HIV testing is available to students and non-students, with limited free gonorrhea & chlamydia testing available to registered UMD students. Free safer sex giveaways and sexual health resources will be available.

Additionally, there will be STI/HIV testing on Wednesday, April 10th from 12pm-3pm in the Stamp Student Union.  Check back later for more information. 

FREE STI Express Test Appointments (No symptoms only)

A limited number of free STI Express Test appointments are offered weekly throughout the academic year. These appointments do not include a physical examination and do not bill insurance. These appointments are only available to registered students* with NO SYMPTOMS and NO KNOWN EXPOSURE to a partner who tested positive for an STI.

During your visit, a health educator will ask you questions about your sexual health history and help you make an informed decision about which test(s) are right for you. Then a phlebotomist will perform the blood draw, if selected, and instruct you on how to self-collect necessary specimens.

These appointments include free HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia screening. These appointments will NOT bill any insurance plans. In the case of a positive test, patients are responsible for treatment costs (bill to insurance or self-pay).

Appointments can be scheduled online at MyUHC.umd.edu (select either Gyn/Reproductive Health or Genital Health, then STI Screening & Testing, then Free STI Express Testing) or by calling 301-314-8184.

Note: If you have SHIP or Maryland Medicaid, DO NOT schedule a free STI Express Tests appointment. Patients with SHIP and Maryland Medicaid can see a provider for no charge and should schedule STI testing appointments with a health care provider. For more information, click here.

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

STI testing appointments with a medical provider are available to students, staff, and faculty at the University Health Center. These appointments may be billed to insurance or you can choose to pay out of pocket. If you have the student health insurance plan (SHIP) or Maryland Medicaid, there is no charge for these appointments.

If you are experiencing symptoms, the only recommended testing option is with a medical provider so that they can best assess what is going on, get you the correct tests to make the most accurate diagnosis, and provide treatment as needed. If you are not experiencing symptoms, you may also choose this option but prefer a physical exam or consult with a medical provider.

Appointments can be scheduled online at MyUHC.umd.edu. Select either Gyn/Reproductive Health or Genital Health (penis/testicle care), then STI Screening & Testing, then STI Screening and Testing - WITH a provider or by calling 301-314-8190 for Gyn/Reproductive Health or 301-314-8184 for Genital Health. 

For more information about STI testing at the UHC, click here.

For off campus STI testing options, see our Sexual Health Resources Map.

Most insurance plans cover STI screening and testing. Contact your insurance plan for more details and check to see if the UHC takes your insurance here.

If you are dependent on another person’s health insurance plan and have concerns about privacy, click here.

Contraception and Pregnancy Prevention

Overview of contraception

Contraceptive methods, or birth control, can decrease the possibility of an unplanned pregnancy, as well as help manage bothersome symptoms related to the menstrual cycle and certain medical conditions.

There is no one “best” method of birth control – the best method for you is the one that works best for your life and your needs. Some contraception options are hormonal vs. non-hormonal, taken every day vs. managed every few years, and can range in effectiveness at preventing pregnancy.

If you aren’t sure which method is best for you, we recommend the following resources:

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

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

Question 8Does birth control affect fertility?

Reproductive Health Services

The UHC offers the following reproductive health services: 

  • Birth control consultations to help you decide on a method of choice
  • Birth control methods (pills, ring, patch, shot, implant, IUD)
  • Emergency contraception pills (over the counter and by prescription)
  • Pregnancy testing and counseling

For more information about these services and how to schedule them, click here.

For off-campus reproductive health resources, click here.

Recordings, Presentations, and Other Resources

Live Presentations

Interested in a live presentation? Visit our Invite Us In page!

Pre-Recorded Playlists

Podcast Episodes

HPWS Wellness Toolkit

The HPWS Wellness Toolkit has several activities and resources focused on sexual health. From lesson plans around recorded presentations and podcasts to a trivia activity to a guide to safer sex supplies and distribution, faculty/staff and student leaders can use these tools to create a culture of wellness in their campus communities.

Digital Education Library

Our digital sexual health education library contains many of our educational materials and handouts. Feel free to use them for your own knowledge or print off a batch to share with students!

We are here to support your sexual health and wellness. 

For medical concerns, needs, information, and scheduling, see the Gynecology, Genital, Reproductive, and Sexual Health Services page here.

For sexual health questions and other educational needs, schedule a FREE consultation with a health educator by calling 301-314-8184. 

For a map of campus and community resources, click here.