Staying healthy is essential to an enjoyable study experience. Below is a list of some sensitive health issues that many university students have to deal with. Options for how to handle the situation are not limited to the information presented. Read on my friend, this stuff is important.

Topic Sensitive Issues Description How To Deal With It Links
Vaccinations Meningococcal A bacterial virus that effects the spinal cord and brain Potential for serious neurological damage or ever death Increasing number of outbreaks on college campuses Arrange for a vaccination (injection) through your health center or doctor CDC
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Chlamydia
  • Genital warts
  • Genital herpes
Transferred through contact with infected body parts or fluids Symptoms not always detected Many are treatable Always use a condom Most university health centers offer testing There are clinics in most cities that will doing the testing for free Testing is confidential Planned Parenthood
  • Condom
  • Birth Control Pill
  • Emergency Contraception (morning after pill)
Emergency Contraception is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy after you have unprotected sex ($10.00-$50.00) Prescriptions for birth control are written by private health care providers, health clinics, or planned parenthood health centers Planned Parenthood Emergency Contraception
  • Parenthood
  • Abortion
The U.S. offers a number of clinics and classes individuals can utilize to help with the pregnancy process Abortion is legal but may be restricted by the states to varying degrees (i.e.: restricted later term abortions, requires parental notification for minors, disclosure of abortion risk information) Planned Parenthood Federation of America runs over 860 centers located in all 50 states. The clinics are run by professional staff which provides reproductive health care to women, men, and teens across the country. In the case of pregnancy they can offer needed information, health care, and support. Planned Parenthood Center for Reproductive Rights

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