- Phone: (610) 896-1089
- Hours: M–F: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
- Location: Morris Health Services
After hours contact Campus Safety at (610) 896-1111.
Health Services strives to be sensitive to the issues of those who may be sexually active with the opposite sex, same sex, or both, as well as for those students who are not, or have not been sexually active.
It is our goal to provide quality clinical services in an environment that is non-judgmental and respectful of each individual, as well as their privacy.
Safer sex products such as condoms, squares, and lubricant are available for purchase at the Health Center. Emergency contraception for immediate or future use is also available.
After hours contact Campus Safety at (610) 896-1111.
STI testing is available through the Health Center and treatment for STIs is available at the Health Center. The Health Center provides testing and treatment for all sexually transmitted infections or diseases. Students may make an appointment with a nurse practitioner to discuss testing needs. STD screening is also provided as part of routine, annual reproductive health visits.
HIV Testing is available to all students and is provided as part of routine, annual reproductive health visits. Individuals can discuss their concerns, undergo confidential testing, and speak with a healthcare professional regarding any HIV-related issue in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Knowing your HIV status is the first step in getting information and taking action to stay healthy.
HPV vaccine (Gardisil) is available to all students and is offered as part of routine health visits. The vaccine is recommended for both women and men and protects against four major types of HPV. The vaccine series consists of three injections which are given over a six month period. HPV (Human Papillomavirus) is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the US. It causes genital warts and cervical cancer. HPV can also cause anal warts and is a risk factor for anal cancer.
Women may come to Health Services to discuss general health concerns, contraception options, safer sex, and sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening, and treatment and pregnancy testing.
Health Services provides caring, comprehensive, gynecologic care. Routine annual visits for gynecologic care are available that include PAP smears if needed. Services include contraceptive management, counseling and exams for STDs, minor vaginal complaints, breast issues, general women’s health concerns, and pregnancy diagnosis. For more complicated problems, referrals to off-campus resources are available.
We offer health exams so students can maintain an up-to-date knowledge of their reproductive health, to become familiar with what is normal for their body, and in turn to be able to identify future health problems. Women who have sex partners of the opposite sex, same sex, or both should have regular health exams which may include a GYN exam. A health exam and if appropriate a gynecologic (GYN) exam is not only for sexually active women - all women should have regular health exams.
There are many contraceptive options available to women and most methods are available Health Services and the staff can help you find the method that's right for you.
To get started on hormonal contraception, you can schedule a complete “annual” exam. At that appointment, a clinician will review your health history, perform a physical and review various contraceptive options and their risks and benefits. A pelvic exam is not needed to get most forms of birth control except for the intrauterine device (IUD), diaphragm, and cervical cap. Or you can schedule a brief appointment (without an exam) for the clinician to just discuss various contraceptive options.
A complete health history and exam is suggested prior to starting all prescription methods of birth control. Patients who are starting a hormonal method of contraception ; Oral contraceptives, Depo-Provera® (The Shot), Ortho Evra® (The Patch), NuvaRing® (The Ring) for the first time are typically asked to return for a 3 month "method check" visit prior to receiving a hormone prescription for the rest of the year. You should call for all contraceptive resupply appointments at least 3 weeks prior to ending the last month supply of your method.
If you are current using a method of contraception, Student Health Services can provide routine contraceptive care and supplies for you during the school year. If you have had a complete exam at another facility (e.g., doctor or nurse practitioner at home, Planned Parenthood, public health clinic) we encourage you to have your records faxed or mailed here so we have a complete record of your health history. You can download or pick up a Records Release Form (pdf) at the Health Center and have your medical provider fax it to Health Services at 610-896-1090.
Each of us has faced difficult moments, including times when a contraceptive method is not available, or fails. Emergency contraception (EC) is a method of potentially preventing pregnancy after unprotected sexual intercourse. Emergency contraception is available through Health Services for both immediate and future use. If you need EC immediately, come into Health Services during regular office hours. For after hours it is available over the counter at area pharmacies. EC is effective if taken within 5 days of unprotected intercourse.
Haverford students also have the option of getting a supply of EC for future use at Health Services (without having to schedule an appointment) at a cost of $25.00. This is only for those wishing to have a supply on hand, in case it is needed in the future. A supply can be picked up at Health Services, or you can request a supply be sent to you through campus mail along with instructions for the use of the method and advice. The charge will be posted to your student bookstore account. Charges to the account will appear as “Student Health Services” and will not specify what you received. Studies show you are more likely to take a form of emergency contraception if you have it on hand instead of having to go somewhere to get it.
Consider having EC on hand "just in case" if:
Health Services offers pregnancy testing, options counseling, and referrals. Confidential urine pregnancy testing with results in 5 minutes is available in Health Services. All services are private and provided by a trained professional who will discuss your test results and provide information and resources. Women wanting a pregnancy test can call Student Health for an appointment. Partners and friends are welcome at this visit.
Men may come to Health Services for reproductive health services to discuss general health concerns, contraception options, safer sex, and sexually transmitted infections (STI) screening and treatment. Men who have sex partners of the opposite sex, same sex, or both should have regular health exams. Routine exams allow men to maintain an up-to-date knowledge of their reproductive health, to become familiar with what is normal for their body, and in turn to be able to identify future health problems. All men regardless their level of sexual activity should get routine preventive health services. HPV vaccination (Gardisil) is recommended for men and is available through the Health Center. STI and HIV testing is available through the Health Center.
Services for men include:
You may also want to schedule an appointment for an exam if you are experiencing:
Student Health Services strongly believes in empowering students to make informed choices about their own health and reproductive lives. Staff is available to facilitate/present workshops to student groups and classrooms, distribute information at campus events, collaborate with on-campus student groups, and direct individuals to available sexual health services throughout the local community.
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