What is a Sexually Transmitted Infection?
STI's are diseases that are spread through sexual contact and are usually referred to as "sexually transmitted diseases," STD's for short. In recent years, many experts in the field of public health have suggested replacing STD with the new term, STI - sexually transmitted infection. The concept of disease implies a clear medial problem with some obvious signs and symptoms. In truth, several of the most common STD's have no signs or symptoms, or have mild signs or symptoms that can be easily overlooked. So, the sexually transmitted virus or bacterial can be described as creating an "infection," which may or may not result in a "disease." For this reason, in some of the published literature, the term "disease" is replaced with "infection."
For more information on how to talk to you provider about STI/STD, go to GYTNOW.ORG
What Testing is Available at Student Health?
Student Health and Counseling provides testing for all STI's. Testing at Student Health and Counseling Services is easy and in most instances requires only a brief visit with our Registered Nurse. Students will be responsible for expenses incurred for laboratory testing.
Can I get financial assistance for reproductive health services?
Yes, patients may apply for the Family PACT (Family Planning, Access, Care and Treatment) program. Family PACT provides access to family planning (reproductive health) services for men and women, as well as education, counseling and treatment to protect your reproductive health.
What is Family PACT (Family Planning, Access, Care and Treatment)
The Family PACT program provides clinical services for family planning reproductive health at no cost to low-income residents. Women and men are eligible if they reside in California, are at risk of pregnancy or causing pregnancy, have a gross family income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, and have no other source of health care coverage for family planning services. The Family PACT Program is administered by the Department of Health Services, Office of Family Planning.
What services are provided?
- Contraceptive methods & supplies
- Pregnancy testing with counseling
- Testing & treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- HIV screening
- Education & counseling for all method options
- Periodic physical exam
- Referrals for services not covered by the program
What birth control methods does Family PACT provide?
- Oral contraceptives
- Contraceptive injections
- Contraceptive implants
- Intrauterine contraception
- Transdermal patch
- Emergency contraception
- Vaginal ring
- Cervical cap
- Fertility awareness methods
How Do I enroll?
Enrollment is done at the Medical Records department in the Health Center. If possible, please download and fill out the Client Eligibility Certification (CEC) form and bring it with you when you come into Student Health & Counseling Services at The WELL.
For enrollment information or questions regarding this service, please contact us at 916.278.6461