Protection Connection is a new way for UO students to get the sexual health supplies they need to make sex safer and more enjoyable at the same time. Protection Connection provides UO students free sexual health supplies through a direct delivery service for those living in the residence halls and at several “Hot Spots” across campus. Our goal is to make inclusive sexual health supplies readily available, easily accessible, and easy to use for all Ducks who need and want them.
Protection Connection's weekly newsletter all about intimacy, pleasure, relationships, and sexual health will resume in the fall. Our team will be responding to reader questions and ideas, so submit your thoughts all summer long, and sign up to receive the emails. Links to past emails are available below:
- Protection Connection Newsletter: The Intimacy Issue — April 29, 2020
- Protection Connection Newsletter: Safety and Satisfaction Issue — May 13, 2020
- Protection Connection Newsletter: The Education Edition — May 27, 2020
Protection Connection deliveries are on summer break! Delivery services will resume Tuesday, September 29. Come see us then!
During the school year, if you live in the residence halls, supplies can be mailed directly to you in discreet packaging in 2–4 business days. Packages will be available at your service center desk, just like any mail-order delivery.
Protection Connection has several Hot Spots across campus designed to connect you to a barrier device fast. All Hot Spots offer external condoms, internal condoms, personal lubricant, oral dams and Love Gloves (latex-free gloves).
Because of the COVID-19 restrictions, we are limited to one open Hot Spot over summer 2020 in the University Health Services building. Come visit the Safer Sex Supplies Bar in the University Health Services lobby to get the items you need for free all summer long!
Usual Hot Spot locations include: University Health Services Lobby, EMU (near the restrooms by both Falling Sky and the Fishbowl) and the Rec Center (near the Cycling Studio). The Duck Nest or the LGBTQIA3 Resource Center also offer supplies.
Protection Connection at Student Events
Need safer sex supplies for your student event or group? Email us at ProtectConnect@uoregon.edu or call us at 541-346-4456 to discuss your request.
The STI Screening Clinic at University Health Services 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 University Health Services 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
- HIV (oral or blood draw, as indicated): No charge (due to ASUO grant and insurance billing)
- 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.
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.
Health services 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 University Health Services Pharmacy Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
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 in the health services building 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 can learn more about CCare on their website.
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 and Resources
Health services provides confidential HIV testing. 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)
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 (guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) after being potentially exposed to HIV (guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
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.
Latex barrier devices including condoms, finger cots, and dental dams are available free throughout the health services building. Non-latex condoms are available upon request at the Nurse Specialty Clinic on the first floor of University Health Services. 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 call 541-346-2770 and speak with a triage nurse regarding pregnancy testing and the questions they may have.