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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? 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.

Important information about sexual assault and personal safety

Don’t see what you are searching for or you have further questions?  Drop us an e-mail to gotquestions@ecu.edu.

Clinical services available:


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 how they identify. 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 personal 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 gotquestions@ecu.edu, 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 gotquestions@ecu.edu. 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 when coming to a medical appointment. If you have a specific concern about an upcoming appointment, e-mail us at gotquestions@ecu.edu.


Name, gender identity, and pronouns
Our electronic medical record uses the university registrar information such as your legal name and birth sex as it appears on your admission records.

However, if you would like to share your name, gender identity, and pronouns, let the provider or nurse know that takes care of you.You also have the capacity to change your own information online in your profile in your Online Student Health account.


Hormone injections
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 now cover hormone therapy or care related to reassignment surgery or treatment, although it depends on your particular insurance policy. If you would like to check on specific pricing at Student Health for medications, lab tests, injections, etc, send us an e-mail at gotquestions@ecu.edu; 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 restrooms
We have several single restrooms throughout the clinic. 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. Campus maintains a list of all single use restrooms in university buildings--click here to view the entire listing.

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 gotquestions@ecu.edu.

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 (if you want oral screening for chlamydia/gonorrhea, do not eat/drink/chew for 1 hour prior to your appointment). 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 area
• Burning with urination
• Penile drip or discharge
• Swollen or tender testicles
• Throat pain
• Rectal bleeding, discharge, itching, or bumps/sores

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? Have a general question about STIs? E-mail us at gotquestions@ecu.edu.
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