The University Health Center is committed to providing caring, quality, confidential services to our campus community, inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We work to provide affirming health, counseling and wellness services, so you can be treated well and stay well.
To meet the health and wellness needs of all campus community members, the University Health Center provides a variety of programs and services specifically for the LGBTQ+ community. Whether you are interested in primary care or triage, preventive health services, or are looking for general health and wellness information, our staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, therapists, health educators and other health professionals are ready to help.
Tips for students and other visitors to the University Health Center who identify as LGBTQ+
- Communication: We invite you to talk openly and honestly with Health Center staff. We hope you will
feel comfortable to disclose enough information to our appointment schedulers so they
can best help you. We do our best to use your correct name and pronouns; if we make a mistake please feel free to correct us.
During your visit, you may be asked questions that could be hard to discuss, so please prepare in advance to answer questions that are relevant to your reason for visit. This may include your family health history and your own health history and behaviors including use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, sexual behavior, and domestic violence. The nurse's request for sensitive information is part of the experience for all patients/students when establishing a professional working relationship, regardless of an individual's sexual orientation/gender identity, in order to provide the best services and care for each person.
- Confidentiality: All Campus Health services are confidential by law.
- Prepare for your visit: Lots of people get nervous and their minds go blank in health care situations, so
it may be helpful to prep a little. You can make the best use of your time by writing
down questions and bringing them to your visit.
- Keep your own documentation: Maintaining copies of your health information is a good way to take ownership of your
body, health and health care. Keep a record of what happened at each visit plus anything
you want to follow up on.
- Give us your feedback: We hope that you have a good experience when you come to our facility. We invite you
to tell us about your experience because feedback provides an important learning opportunity
and helps us determine ways to improve our services and procedures as well as recognize
where we are doing good work (and should keep doing it)! We address all complaints.
The more specific you are, the better we will be able to fix the problem. If you choose
to include your name and a means to contact you, we will follow up with you. You can
emailus at firstname.lastname@example.org; your feedback will be shared with appropriate staff.
Especially for Trans and Genderqueer Students
- For billing and reimbursement, it is important to understand that your selection of
sex in the medical record needs to agree with the sex which the payer (e.g. health
insurance) has on file in order to avoid claim rejections. If you are confused about
this process, please ask your provider to clarify what is on file to ensure more effective
Our electronic medical record system has a place in your file to note your “sex”, “gender identity” (includes: male, female,……?). If you think it would be helpful to have these categories appropriately noted in your file, please ask the scheduler that makes your appointment or your provider during your session.
LGBTQ+ Health & Wellness Resources
Our goal is not to re-invent the wheel but, rather, to invite you to explore the many wonderful resources already in existence, nationwide. Please peruse this section for more information on LGBTQ+ sexual health, in addition to information on LGBTQ+ general health and wellness.
Lesbian & Bisexual Women’s Health & Wellness
- Lesbian & Bisexual Health: Frequently Asked Questions
- Center for Disease Control: Lesbian and Bisexual Health
- Ten things Lesbians should talk about with their health care provider
- Health issues for Lesbians: tips to stay healthy
Gay & Bisexual Men's Health & Wellness
- Center for Disease Control: Gay & Bisexual Health
- Ten things Gay men should talk about with their health care provider
- Health issues for Gay men: tips to stay healthy
Transgender Health & Wellness
- Ten things Transgender persons should discuss with their health care provider
- HIV/AIDS and Transgender persons
- Boston's Fenway Transgender Health Program has a comprehensive website with several links available for general Transgender health and wellness, information on transitioning, links for support groups, glossaries of terms, and more.
- Answers to common questions about Transgender individuals and gender identity
- I'm Trans. Do I need birth control?