Regular sexual health screenings and exams can help protect your health and your partners’ health. Regular STI screenings are 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 exams for men and women’s health
- Vaccination for HPV and Hepatitis B
- STI screening, testing, and counseling services
- Birth Control (contraceptive) education and contraceptive prescriptions
- Pregnancy testing and resources and referrals
- PrEP appointments
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 Mason Student Support and Advocacy Center and the American Sexual Health Organization have great information about healthy relationships and sexuality. Whitman-Walker Clinic and the Human Rights Campaign created a comprehensive resource, Safer Sex for Trans Bodies, for those who identify as transgender and their partners.
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 you can stop by the office (SUB I, room 3200) 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.