Regular sexual health screenings and exams can help protect your health and your partners’ health. Regular screening or testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is important if you are sexually active because a person can have an STI and not have any symptoms. Screenings allow infections to be found and treated early and can help prevent more serious problems from developing. Student Health Services offers a variety of services to help students maintain their sexual health:
- Primary care & physical exams
- Gynecological exams
- Vaccination for HPV and Hepatitis B
- STI screening, testing, and counseling services
- Free fingerstick HIV screening
- Birth Control (contraceptive) education and contraceptive prescriptions
- Pregnancy testing and resources and referrals
- PrEP appointments
Call 703-993-2831 to schedule an appointment.
Individual Mason students can pick up FREE external (male) condoms, dental dams, and lubrication from the sexual health dispenser in the SUB 1 Patriots Lounge during building hours. The dispenser is on the wall between the restrooms in Patriot Lounge. Another dispenser is in the Johnson Center, 1st floor, on the wall by blue lockers near the entrance on the east side. RAs & RSOs should submit the Safer Sex Condom Request Form for residence halls and events.
Menstrual products are also available in the sexual health dispenser.
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.” The American Sexual Health Organization has great information about healthy relationships and sexuality. Whitman-Walker Clinic and the Human Rights Campaign created comprehensive resources, the Healthy Sex Guide & Safer Sex for Trans Bodies, for those who identify as transgender and their partners, both resources are available in Spanish and English.
Sexual or Interpersonal Violence
If you are a victim or survivor of sexual or interpersonal violence, you have options and there is support available. The Mason Student Support and Advocacy Center operates a 24/7 hotline (703-380-1434) or contact their office for information about your options, support and assistance. The Fairfax County 24-hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline can be reached at 703-360-7273 or TTY 711.
Student Health Services can assist a survivor of sexual or interpersonal violence who may have questions about their health, provide medical care, and if the survivor wishes, connect them with resources.