Comprehensive sexual health care is an important part of wellness for all sexually active people. This includes:
- Annual complete physical exams with a primary care provider.
- Vaccinations for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that are vaccine-preventable, including hepatitis A and B, and human papillomavirus (HPV).
- Consistent, correct use of condoms, dental dams and female condoms every time you engage in any sexual activity, including vaginal, anal and oral sex.
- STI and HIV screening tests when you have no symptoms.
- Treatment if you or your partner have been diagnosed with an STI.
If you're HIV-negative but at high risk, or if you may have been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours, medications known as PrEP and PEP can reduce your chances of becoming infected with HIV.
If you've had unprotected sex or a contraceptive failure and are worried about unintended pregnancy, take emergency contraception (EC) within 72 hours. EC is available at the UHS Pharmacy and Walk-in Care.
Testing and care
Walk-in HIV and STI testing clinics are scheduled at various sites during the academic year – no appointment needed.
UHS provides routine sexual health care in its' general medicine clinics and women's health clinic. For general medicine appointments, call (413) 577-5101; for women's health clinic appointments, call (413) 577-6511.
Urgent care for sexual health issues is also available at Walk-in Care. Walk in during clinic hours or use our text service to wait where you're most comfortable. Text “clinic” to (413) 944-8562. You’ll receive a response text with your number and a reminder text when it's almost your turn to be seen.