Student Health welcomes all students to come to our health center to utilize our many services. We recognize that LGBT students may have specific concerns or issues that they want treated in a sensitive, caring, and comfortable environment.
Looking for a particular provider? Prefer a male or female provider? Visit our Meet Our Staff page for provider bios. All of our providers have experience with LGBT students and are open and eager to help with your health care needs.
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Student Health recognizes that LGBT students may face unique challenges to obtaining medical care. Even going through patient registration at the front desk can cause anxiety, particularly for students whose legal name or assigned gender does not match their internal feelings or outward appearance. Once registered, it may be stressful to be asked questions of a personal nature or to feel that you need to keep information secret that may be needed by your health care provider. Our goal is to help you be as healthy as you can be, recognizing that your health is composed of the physical, mental, spiritual, and social, and that this also includes your views on sexual orientation and gender identity. We encourage you to let us know about your specific needs or concerns either before your visit, by emailing us at email@example.com, or during your visit by communicating them to your health care provider.
Student Health can also assist in the following ways:
Pharmacy consultation room
If you would like to speak to our pharmacist privately about a medication, product, or question you may have, feel free to ask to use the consult room. Located right next to the pharmacy area, it provides students with a quiet, private room to talk with our pharmacy staff.
Patient education materials
Student Health strives to provide educational material that is inclusive for all students. If you are looking for a handout or pamphlet and cannot find something that you need, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are constantly adding and revising educational material and welcome suggestions from students on issues they want to find out more about. If you read one of our pamphlets and have an idea about how to make it more inclusive to LGBT students, please let us know.
Visits for transgender students
Transgender students seeking services often face difficulties when scheduling or coming to a medical office for service. We want all students to feel comfortable and not feel that they have to hide their identity to come to a medical appointment. If you have a specific concern about an upcoming appointment, e-mail us at email@example.com.
Name preference & registration
Our electronic medical record uses the university registrar information such as your legal name and gender as it appears on your admission records. However, if you have a preferred name you would like us to use, or if you want to change your preferred gender information to male, female, or transgender, let the provider or nurse know that takes care of you. We are happy to make those arrangements in the record. In the future, we hope to have the capacity for you to change your own information online, or when checking in at our self check in kiosks, without having to ask a staff member to do so.
Are you receiving hormone injections? Student Health can fill your prescription in our pharmacy or perform blood work to help monitor your therapy. Our Rapid Care nurse can also administer your shots, potentially saving you time and money by doing it affordably and conveniently. To see what we need from your doctor to be able to administer your injection, visit our Rapid Care page. While we can help with injections, lab work and prescriptions, Student Health cannot prescribe hormone therapy at this time.
Many insurance policies do not cover hormone therapy or anything related to gender reassignment surgery or treatment. If you would like to check on specific pricing at Student Health for medications, lab tests, injections, etc, send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; many services are provided at a reduced cost, so if your insurance does not cover what you need we may be able to help by saving you money with our services.
Single use restrooms
While our restrooms located behind the pharmacy and upstairs are group restrooms designated as male or female, we have several located throughout the clinic which are single use. You can find 2 next to our lab (walk through the main lobby as if you were headed out the side door; the restrooms will be on your left just past the lab) and 3 others in the clinic exam areas (easiest one to find is right by our scales in the clinic). Still need help finding one? Ask a SHS staff member.
Student Health can help with many issues regarding sexual health. We offer education, patient consultations, information on safe sex products, and testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), as well as general medical visits for any kind of private health concern.
Often our providers and nurses ask personal questions when assessing a health problem or offering medical or testing services. We encourage you to be as open and honest as possible, as communication with your provider is essential. Be assured—all information about your health and medical record is CONFIDENTIAL. Unless you give us written permission, we cannot share any health information with anyone—not parents, professors, or even friends.
If you have a specific issue or question, please e-mail (you can use a non-ECU e-mail if you want to remain anonymous) us at email@example.com.
Interested in STI testing? We have 2 ways to schedule.
• Not currently having any symptoms? If you are symptom-free, you can schedule a visit with the Fast Track nurse to test for chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, and/or syphilis. Make sure not to urinate within 1 hour of your appointment time. You can schedule with Fast Track by calling 328-6841, or by logging into Online Student Health.
• Having symptoms, need testing for warts or herpes, or need to see a provider for a problem? Make a clinic appointment with one of our providers by calling 328-6841, or by logging into Online Student Health.
STI symptoms--if you have any of these symptoms, you need to schedule an appointment with a provider for STI testing.
• Unusual vaginal discharge, odor, burning, or itching
• Pelvic pain or lower abdominal discomfort
• Irregular vaginal bleeding that is not a menstrual period
• Pain with intercourse
• Sores, bumps, or blisters around your genital or anal area
• Burning with urination
• Penile drip or discharge
• Swollen or tender testicles
The staff at Student Health Service recognizes that talking frankly and honestly about sexuality issues is uncomfortable for some people. It is important to remember that the more information you share with the health care provider, the better they can help to meet your needs. Quality health care begins with good communication between patients and health care providers. Be prepared to address topics concerning your sexual history, current sexual behavior, methods of contraception and STI risk reduction, and any current symptoms that you may be experiencing. These questions are asked for medical reasons and will ensure the best care possible. All information is confidential.
You should consider getting screened for STIs if you have ever:
- Had unprotected (no barrier device was used) oral, vaginal, or anal sex with someone of an unknown STI status.
- Had intercourse under the influence of alcohol or other drugs and cannot remember what happened.
- Shared IV drug needles with an infected person or someone whose STI status was unknown.
- Had a past or current sex partner that told you of their infection with an STI.
Want to learn more about the types of STIs, treatment, and prevention? Visit our self care guides. Have a general question about STIs? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.