Sexual Health

STI Screening Clinic

The STI Screening Clinic at University Health Center (UHC) is a convenient way for students to get screened for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). We recommend scheduling an appointment in advance online via the myUOHealth student portal or by phone (541-346-2770).

Screening tests are for those who have no symptoms. If you have symptoms (such as pain, urinary symptoms, abnormal discharge, rash, etc.), then you will need a diagnostic test, not a screening test, and you can schedule with a UHC doctor or nurse practitioner for a medical evaluation. If you are having no symptoms, then the STI Screening Clinic is a quick and easy way to get informed, protected, and tested. In addition to screening for any of seven STIs listed below, the clinic also offers sexual health supplies and is a place to ask questions and get answers—without judgment. In addition, we are committed to gender-neutral care both in the clinic and with our education materials. You will be notified of your screening results within one to seven days, depending on the test. We generally relay negative results via your myUOHealth student portal and positive results with a personal phone call. If you have questions about the timing, ask the nurse during your visit.

Screening is available for the following STIs:

We follow CDC recommendations for STI screening. We currently limit our screening to these seven infections for the following reasons:

  • They often have no symptoms.
  • There are good, inexpensive, and safe tests available.
  • If found to be positive, the infection can be treated, which will have a positive impact both on your health and the health of the community.

There is a nurse visit fee of $15.00, plus the following laboratory charges for each screening test:

  • Chlamydia plus gonorrhea (urine or swab): $13.55 (5-7 day turnaround), $40.00 (1-2 day turnaround)
  • Hepatitis B full panel (blood test): $19.20
  • Hepatitis B immunity check (blood test): $5.00
  • Herpes 1/2 antibody (blood test): $6.99
  • Pregnancy test (urine): $18.00
  • UO fee for a blood draw: $10.00

Health insurance usually covers these costs, depending on your plan. However, be aware that some plans may list the lab screenings you received in any benefit statement, which could be mailed home to a parent or guardian. If you want to be certain that your charges remain confidential, you can pay cash for the visit and tests.

Additional Information

Breast or Testicular Exams

Students can make an appointment with a doctor or nurse practitioner by calling 541-346-2770 to discuss their sexual health and to learn about self breast and testicular exams.

CCare

Oregon Contraceptive Care (CCare) is a federal program that provides free birth control and contraceptive services to qualifying students. Come to the main reception desk at the health center for more information and to complete an enrollment form, or call the CCare medical billing coordinator at 541-346-2452. You can download the CCare enrollment form, and submit your completed forms to a receptionist at the main reception desk. Be aware that it can take up to three days to process the enrollment form. You may also visit the Oregon Health Authority website.

Contraception

The health center provides education about and access to a wide variety of contraceptive methods. Students can go online through the myUOHealth student portal to make a $15 appointment to meet with a doctor or nurse practitioner, to discuss contraceptive methods and to get a prescription, if necessary, for their contraceptive choice.

Birth control pills and patches can also be prescribed directly by our pharmacists, after at $15 consultation. No appointment is necessary. Just stop by the UHC pharmacy Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Emergency Contraception, Plan B, and Ella

Emergency contraception reduces the risk of pregnancy after unprotected sex. Emergency contraception must be taken within 120 hours (five days) after unprotected intercourse to avoid pregnancy, but the sooner it is taken, the more effective it will be. It will not harm an existing pregnancy.

All students 17 or older, regardless of gender, may purchase Plan B from the pharmacy without a prescription for $25. Plan B loses effectiveness 72 hours after intercourse. Ella requires a prescription, but is much more effective than Plan B between 48 and 120 hours after sex.

Plan B is provided free to students who qualify for CCare or if a student needs it as a result of a sexual assault. Students younger than 17 must make an appointment by calling 541-346-2770 to speak with a doctor or nurse practitioner and to obtain a prescription.

HIV Testing

The health center provides confidential, free HIV testing, thanks to funding by Associated Students of UO. There are two types of HIV tests:

  • An oral swab with results as early as 30 minutes
  • Blood draw with results within 24 hours (generally the same day)

For anonymous testing, contact the Lane County Public Health Department or the HIV Alliance.

Pre- and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Resources

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis(PrEP) to Prevent HIV transmission (information from San Francisco City Clinic)
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to Prevent HIV transmission (treatment guidelines from New York State Department of Health )
HIV prophylaxis following non-occupational exposure (nPEP) (from NY State Department of Health)

HPV Vaccine

HPV (Human Papillomavirus) is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. It causes genital warts and cervical cancer. HPV can also cause anal warts and is a risk factor for anal cancer.

HPV vaccine is recommended for all people through age 21 and most people through age 26. The vaccine series consists of three injections which are given over a six-month period. Talk with your nurse or doctor to find out if the HPV vaccine could benefit you.  

Students might be eligible to receive the vaccine at reduced cost. In addition, a student’s health insurance might cover the costs. For more information, contact the Nurse Specialty Clinic at 541-346-2739.

Barrier Devices

Latex barrier devices including condoms, finger cots, and dental dams are available free throughout the health center. Non-latex condoms are available upon request at the Nurse Specialty Clinic on the first floor of the health center. In addition, we provide free lube. Free sexual health supplies are also available at the Duck Nest wellness center in the EMU.

Pregnancy Testing and Counseling

Students may make an appointment to see a doctor or nurse practitioner to request a pregnancy test and to get counseling regarding options, if desired. Call 541-346-2770 for a $15 appointment. There is an additional charge for the lab test.