FAQ Archives

Q: How do I get the Morning After Pill?

April 14th, 2011 by Cara

A: The morning after pill, also called Plan B or emergency contraception is available at the local pharmacy.  You do not need a prescription. It is best if the pill is taken within 72 hours of intercourse, but can be taken up to 120 hours after.  However, the chance of preventing a pregnancy decreases as time goes on.

Q: Why does a Health Service provider or nurse always ask if I’m pregnant?

April 14th, 2011 by Cara

A: Pregnancy can mimic many other illnesses or diseases, certain medications can be harmful to a fetus, and even with contraception there is still a risk of pregnancy. Tell your provider if you are not at risk for becoming pregnant due to your sexual orientation.

Q: What if I am concerned about sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) and want to be tested for “everything”?

April 14th, 2011 by Cara

A: It is very important that you are completely honest with your provider about your sexual activity.  You and your provider can discuss what tests might be appropriate for your level of activity and risk. STI tests can be done through Health Services.

Q: Why don’t the providers give antibiotics when I ask for them?

April 14th, 2011 by Cara

A: Antibiotics will not cure viruses.  There is a national campaign to eliminate inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in order to prevent serious bacterial resistance in the future.

Q: What if I don’t get better or feel worse?

April 14th, 2011 by Cara

A: It is very important to always come back to Health Services if you are not improving, feel you are not responding to or are having a reaction the  medication you were given.

Q: Will Health Services share my health information with my parents or my professor?

April 14th, 2011 by Cara

A: Your health information is confidential by law unless you give us written permission to share the information with others. You decide to have your visits discussed with your parents by signing the parent consent form.

Q: Why do I have to fill out so much paperwork?

April 14th, 2011 by Cara

A: We can better serve you if we have a more detailed understanding of your illness, injury or concerns and your past medical history.

Q: How do I get an appointment at Health services and how much will it cost me?

April 14th, 2011 by Cara

A: You call to set up an appointment at Health Services at X2350. There is no charge to be seen at Health Services as you have paid your health fee as a part of your tuition.

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