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Our specialized team provides high-quality & low-cost healthcare to eligible students. Below are general descriptions of services available at the Student Health Center.

Acute Care

Acute medical needs may be addressed by our highly-trained staff via scheduled appointments or walk-in Urgent care visits during office hours.

Allergy Injections

Allergy injections may be arranged at the Health Center when the allergens (i.e. medication) and written orders are supplied by the student's personal physician or allergist. Students are required to make an appointment with a Student Health Center provider before beginning allergy injections. All orders must be updated annually. There is a $10.00 administrative fee per visit for this service.

Consultation & Referral

With the student's permission, consultations & referrals can be made with several on-or-off campus resources. The student's personal health care provider, local clinics and hospitals, the Dean of Students, the Counseling & Testing Center, Disability Resource Services, the Athletics department, the office of International Education, the office of Residence Life and/or the County Health Department can all be contacted.

Counseling

Individual counseling provides the opportunity to talk confidentially about anything you want & to get help in solving problems, addressing relationship issues, resolving a personal crisis, or addressing issues of depression, anxiety, stress, disordered eating or sexual assault.

Gynecological & Reproductive Services

Services include annual examinations, PAP testing, contraceptive services, & genitourinary care. Get information about contraceptives available for purchase.

HIV & Sexually-Transmitted Infections (STI) Testing / Walk-In STI Clinic

Confidential HIV & STI (Sexually-Transmitted Infections) testing is available at the Student Health Center by appointment or via our walk-in STI clinic.

What is the walk-in STI clinic?
The walk-in STI testing clinic is for men & women who are concerned that they might have been exposed to chlamydia, gonorrhea, or HIV. Note: we must wait at least 1 hour from your last urination before testing can be performed.

To utilize the walk-in STI clinic you must be able to answer "no" to all of the following questions:
1) Has a sexual partner tested positive for a sexually-transmitted infection?
2) Are you currently having any disconcerting symptoms? 
(i.e. pelvic or testicular pain, burning with urination, urethral discharge, change in vaginal discharge). The walk-in STI clinic is NOT appropriate for symptomatic individuals.
3)
 Do you have a concern about an assault or non-consensual sex?
4) Do you have questions or concerns that you would like to speak to a provider about?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, an appointment should be made with a provider. Same-day provider appointments, and if necessary, urgent care visits are available.

What are we testing for?
Chlamydia-
 a bacterial infection that often does NOT have associated symptoms. When symptoms are present a woman may experience vaginal discharge and/or bleeding, pain or burning with urination, or pain in the lower abdomen. Men may experience pain or burning with urination. Chlamydia is transmitted through vaginal, oral, or anal intercourse. Untreated chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease in women as well as infertility. Men can develop testicular infections. Chlamydia can be treated with antibiotics.

Gonorrhea- a bacterial infection that often does NOT have associated symptoms. When symptoms are present a woman may experience burning with urination, vaginal discharge that could be yellow or green, abnormal vaginal bleeding and pelvic pain. Men can experience burning with urination, discharge from the penis. Gonorrhea is transmitted through vaginal, oral, or anal intercourse. Untreated gonorrhea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease in women as well as infertility. Men can develop testicular infections.

HIV- a viral infection that also causes AIDS. Eleven million people in the US likely have HIV. Rarely do people have symptoms in the first 10 years. There is no cure for HIV. HIV is transmitted through vaginal, oral, anal sex, or contaminated needles. Early diagnosis can lead to slower progression of the disease.

How are the lab tests obtained?
The chlamydia and gonorrhea test is a urine test for both men and women. To obtain this test, we need the patient to wait at least one hour from the last time they have urinated & then we need the first 10 milliliters of urine. No risks are involved in obtaining a urine specimen.

The HIV test is a blood test. The risks involved include minor pain at the insertion site, bruising, fainting, and a rare risk infection.

How long will it take to get my lab results?
Test results will be available within 5-10 days. A nurse will call if the results are negative. The nurse will provide you with basic sexual health information & answer any questions you have.

What if my test results come back positive?
An SHC provider will notify you to set up an appointment to talk about the results & determine the best treatment.

How much does each test cost?
All students are charged a $5.00 fee to obtain specimens at the Health Center. There is no additional charge for chlamydia or gonorrhea & these tests are completed together. The HIV test costs an additional $14.00.

What is the best time frame for testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea?
Typically, it is best to wait two weeks from the potential exposure. Many people do not have symptoms & have had the infection for a period of time. The latest recommendations encourage routine screening in men & women who are sexually active with every new partner.

What is the best prevention against STIs & HIV?
The best prevention is condom use with all sexual encounters. Condoms can reduce the transmission of STI's or HIV & reduce the risk of pregnancy.

We also recommend the following immunizations for all adults:
-Hepatitis A
-Hepatitis B
-HPV (also known as Gardasil or Cervarix for prevention of cervical cancer & genital warts)

What we do NOT test for in the STI walk-in clinic:
We are not testing for genital herpes, HPV, pregnancy, trichomonas or syphilis. A provider visit is needed to discuss & test for these conditions.

What about contraception?
If you want to discuss contraception, including emergency contraception, make an appointment with a Health Center provider.

Additional information http://www.cdc.gov/std/

Immunizations Services

The Student Health Center offers a variety of immunizations to help students meet departmental & college requirements & to prepare for international travel. For more information regarding types of immunizations available click here.

Currently, the CDC does not have a recommendation for routine vaccination with Meningitis serogroup B vaccine because they have not determined if it is cost effective to make such a recommendation. However, it is considered a safe and effective vaccine and they do recommend that it be available and considered for anyone wanting to immunize to help prevent this uncommon but serious illness. Learn more information about the Meningitis serogroup B vaccine.

 

 

Laboratory Services

Laboratory services include routine blood counts, blood chemistries, urinalysis, cultures, STD, PAP, pregnancy, and HIV testing. A minimal charge is assessed for laboratory testing. In addition to lab tests ordered by our clinicians, students who have orders for testing from their personal providers at home can have the testing performed at the Student Health Center & the results forwarded to the ordering clinician. For information on common laboratory tests, click here.

Medical Evaluation & Treatment

Outpatient care is available on an appointment basis Monday through Friday.

Medication Dispensary

The Student Health Center has some prescription medications available for purchase if prescribed by a Health Center provider.

Minor Injuries

The Student Health Center provides care for sprains, strains, lacerations, contusions & minor fractures.

Minor Surgical Procedures

Select procedures requiring local anesthesia are performed at the Student Health Center, including treatment of ingrown toenails, wart removal, incision & draining of abscesses, suturing & biopsies.

Nutrition

A registered dietitian (sometimes with a dietetics student or intern from Viterbo University) is available for personalized  nutrition counseling. Appointment times vary each semester; inquire at the Student Health Center front desk for the current nutrition counseling schedule.

Patient Education

Each visit is an opportunity for students to be educated about their health, medical care, & lifestyle choices.

Physical Therapy

The Student Health Center Physical therapy unit provides evaluation & treatment of acute orthopedic injuries, sports injuries, & conditions which require post-surgical rehabilitation. Crutches, canes, & other orthopedic devices are available.

Primary Care

The Student Health Center provides a wide range of primary care services to students including physical exams, management of acute or chronic illness, pain management, injury treatment & mental health & dietary counseling.

Radiological Imaging Services

Digital non-invasive radiography (x-ray imaging) is available at the SHC. A minimal charge is assessed for all x-rays. All other imaging services will be referred to the hospital/clinic of the patient's choice.

Research (Clinical Trials)

The Student Health Center participates in ongoing clinical trials sponsored by pharmaceutical companies & also supports university research projects. Compensation is available for some clinical trials. Click here for more information.

Travel or Study Abroad Consultation

Prior to studying or traveling abroad, students should schedule a travel consultation appointment. This appointment should be scheduled at least 6-8 weeks prior to traveling if possible. The CDC guidelines will be reviewed & recommendations made (as needed) for immunizations and/or medications for your trip.

COMPLETE & BRING the Travel Health Form or the following information to your travel consultation appointment:

  • A complete list of all the countries you plan to visit

  • A complete immunization history

  • Knowledge of all your medications, allergies, & medical history

If a provider's signature or letter of good health is required, schedule a Travel Physical with a Student Health Center provider.

If a provider's signature or letter of good health is NOT required, schedule a Travel Consultation with a nurse at the Student Health Center.

Urgent Care

Same-day appointments are available during regular clinic hours for the assessment & treatment of medical concerns & injuries that require more immediate attention.