Sexual & Reproductive Health

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The World Health Organization defines sexual health as a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. [World Health Organization working definition, 2002]

Health and Preventive Care

The HSU Student Health Center provides the following wellness and preventive services for all people regardless of gender:

  • Information and counseling in a safe, confidential setting;
  • PAP smears, breast exams, and health screenings;

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Wellness Toolkit

Tips for Healthy Sexuality

  • Consent — an enthusiastic and informed yes means yes.
  • Communicate.
  • Explore your body — discover what you like- teach your partner(s).
  • Be safe — protect yourself and your partner(s) against sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancy.
  • Get Yourself Tested (GYT)!
  • Educate yourself.
  • Ask your doctor or nurse.

 

LGBTQ Health

The HSU Student Health Center strives to provide quality care for everyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. If you have a preferred name or pronoun, please let us know. We can provide referrals for services not available at the Student Health Center.

Contraceptive Choices

The HSU Student Health Center offers counseling and services for most contraceptive options. To learn more, please schedule an appointment for a Contraceptive Nursing Consult.

Resources to help choose the best method for you:

Method Match: A tool to compare contraceptive methods
Managing Contraception: submit questions, or search questions and answers

 

Sexually Transmitted Infections

The HSU Student Health Center offers screening, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) based on current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Call (707) 826-3146 for a confidential appointment to discuss your concerns about STI screening, testing, and treatment. Current prices.

 

Got Symptoms? We are here to help!

Anyone with symptoms of an STI should be tested. Symptoms of an STI can include: Burning with urination, discharge from the vagina or penis, burning or itching around the opening of the penis, pelvic pain, sores in the genital area (can be painful or not), discomfort or bleeding during sex.

 

If you have symptoms, please schedule an appointment with a provider as soon as possible and abstain from sexual activity.

 

No symptoms, but want a test?

Screening is the process of obtaining a test on someone who does not have any symptoms. Certain groups of people should be screened regularly for STIs. If you want screening, please schedule an appointment.

Women 25 years and younger should be screened for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia every year and should be screened for HIV at least once.

Women over 25 years should be screened for HIV at least once and should be screened for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia if they have any risk factors:

  • Inconsistent condom use
  • A history of multiple partners or a partner with multiple contacts
  • Sexual contact with a partner with an STI
  • A history of repeated episodes of STI
  • Sex work
  • Drug use
  • Pregnancy

• Men who have sex with men should be screened for the following every year:

  • HIV
  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea and Chlamydia urine test
  • Gonorrhea and Chlamydia rectal swab, if receptive anal intercourse in the past year
  • Gonorrhea throat swab, if history of oral-genital exposure

• Anyone who has been diagnosed and treated for Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, or Trichomonas should receive a repeat test 3 months after treatment to see if they have any new infections.

• Anyone with a sexual partner within the past 60 days who has been diagnosed with an STI should be screened.

 

Learn more about Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sexual Assault

Sexual violence is any physically or emotionally coercive sexual contact, including, but not limited to, rape, sexual battery, unwanted touching, verbal harassment, and stalking. Such violence can happen to anyone. Most violence is perpetrated by someone the survivor knows. Perpetrators, not survivors, are responsible for sexual assaults, and only a potential perpetrator can prevent a sexual assault. Sexualized violence is illegal and reportable by law by medical providers.

Options If You've Been Sexually Assaulted

Confidential Help:

You are welcome to talk with an advocate from the North Coast Rape Crisis Team (NCRCT) (707) 445-2881. The NCRCT is available 24 hours a day and offers free and confidential support to survivors of sexual violence. An advocate can meet you at the hospital or clinic, free of charge.  HSU's Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) also has a 24 hour hotline (707) 826-3236.

Medical Care:

If you are concerned about physical injuries, sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy, you may want to obtain medical attention. Medical professionals in California are mandated reporters, which means they are required to notify law enforcement when treating an injury or illness caused by sexual assault, domestic violence or child abuse. You can provide as much information as you are comfortable providing. You are not required to talk with the police; however, they can be a valuable resource to help you understand your rights and legal options. 

Reporting:

You may choose to file a police report and/or a campus complaint. Learn more about reporting options.

Planned Parenthood at HSU 

Planned Parenthood is offering Outreach Services. Services are offered to people of all genders and are confidential at no or low cost, depending on income eligibility.
Planned Parenthood Outreach Services will be on campus (when school is in session) every WEDNESDAY from 1:00-4:30 at the Jolly Giant Commons Mezzanine floor in the "Moonstone" room.
 

Services Include:

  • Birth Control (The Pill, The Patch, The Ring, The Shot)
  • Emergency Contraception (“The Morning After Pill”)
  • Pregnancy Testing and Options Education
  • Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Testing and Treatment
  • HIV Testing
  • Education and Referrals
  • Condoms and Supplies
  • Sign-up For FPACT Health Access Card


Resources

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