LGBT Health

Students can expect the Rutgers Newark Health Service staff to be sensitive and knowledgeable about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning students' medical issues and needs, and to provide appropriate screening, health educational literature and counseling, treatment and/or referrals for specific problems.

LGBT Health Questions & Answers

  1. I have the student health insurance. Does it cover sexual reassignment treatment?

The student health insurance plan has a provison regarding sexual reassignment treatment and surgery. For details, please contact the student health insurance for further information.

Men's and Women's Health Questions & Answers

  1. What to expect regarding history taking

Health providers are sensitive and well educated about the needs of all patients, and comfortable in discussing all sexual lifestyles. Though questions might seem personal at times, accuracy in reporting one's sexual behaviors and experiences may be critical to a student's medical health management.

  1. What are STI's (Sexually Transmitted Infections)?

Students often ask to be tested for “everything”. Sexually transmitted infections can be transmitted to the vagina, penis, skin, throat, blood stream, or colorectal mucosa through intimate contact. The most commonly diagnosed STIs in sexually active college students are chlamydia, human papilloma virus (HPV), genital herpes, and gonorrhea. We test for these infections, as well as for syphilis, Hepatitis B and C, and HIV/AIDS by blood, urine tests, swabs of the cervix, throat or rectal cultures, as indicated. Some of these tests have charges. Some of these infections are preventable by vaccination – this includes Hepatitis B and HPV. We urge all students to use condoms for contraception, and as an effective barrier against STIs.

  1. What is PrEP, a daily pill that prevents getting HIV?

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a way for people who do not have HIV but who are at substantial risk of getting it to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. The pill (brand name Truvada) contains two medicines (tenofovir and emtricitabine) that are used in combination with other medicines to treat HIV. When someone is exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use, these medicines can work to keep the virus from establishing a permanent infection.

When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92%. PrEP is much less effective if it is not taken consistently.PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool and can be combined with condoms and other prevention methods to provide even greater protection than when used alone. But people who use PrEP must commit to taking the drug every day and seeing their health care provider for follow-up every 3 months.