The Student Health Center is one of the main providers of sexual health resources at IU. Students can access resources ranging from contraception to one-on-one sexual health counseling with a certified sexuality educator.
Heather Eastman-Mueller, deputy director of sexual and reproductive health, said the Student Health Center’s sexual and reproductive health department offers a variety of helpful resources for students, such as free contraception and counseling, whether they are on. campus or they go to school virtually in another part of the country.
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Eastman-Mueller said many of the health center’s resources are virtual right now due to COVID-19, but she hopes he will be able to provide more options in person in the fall. She said the sexual and reproductive health department is partnering with student groups, including peer health and wellness educators and the sexual health advocacy group, to organize in-person events promoting promotion of safe sex and healthy sexuality.
âI think last year we kind of took a break and tried to find some strategic ways to ensure that our students still have access to information and our resources online, but I’m optimistic that we will be. back on campus to some extent in the fall, âEastman-Mueller said.
She said she hopes the Peer Health and Wellness Educators, a student organization that works to educate other students about a variety of health topics, will also be available for in-person presentations on sexual health. These presentations are still available but are done virtually.
Eastman-Mueller said the health center currently offers virtual sexually transmitted infection testing, where students can speak with an expert about their sexual history and possible STIs on Zoom. They can access free STI tests at the laboratory located in the health center.
There is also a pharmacy located in the Health Center where pregnancy tests are available at low cost. Students can speak with health and wellness educators at the health center for help with unexpected pregnancies and can talk to an educator about birth control options. Educators can help students decide which option is best for them and help them access birth control through the pharmacy.
Eastman-Mueller said the Health Center has a YouTube channel with informational videos showing how to properly use different types of contraception. It was created for the convenience of students before the pandemic, but because the pandemic created barriers for in-person gatherings, she said the department plans to make more videos.
The health center also offers sexual health counseling, Eastman-Mueller said. These are virtual meetings where students can meet a certified expert in sexuality for any questions. Students can make an appointment via its website.
âSometimes students just have questions they want to ask that are specific to their sexuality,â Eastman-Mueller said. âWe get a lot of questions about herpes, erectile dysfunction and the different types of birth control methods. Another question people ask themselves is how to please a partner, so these questions are best suited for someone with a history of sexual health.