Sexual health and sexuality are relevant to all of us - whether you are a novice, sexpert, abstinent, whether you are single, dating, or in a relationship: it does not matter how you identify yourself sexually. Sexuality is part of who you are, and healthy sexuality is important to your overall wellness. You should have as much information as possible to make informed choices about sexuality. The information, health care services, and resources listed here can help you make healthy sexual choices.
Registered SF State students seeking sexual and reproductive health may access the following services at SHS:
We can help you choose a birth control method that fits your lifestyle and address questions that may come up. You need an appointment but not an exam to get a prescription for birth control. Find out more information about different methods.
- IUD (Intrauterine Device – Mirena, Paragard, Skyla, and Kyleena)
- Implant (Nexplanon)
- Depo shot (Depo-provera)
- The Patch (Xulane)
- Ring (Nuva Ring)
- Birth Control Pills
- External condoms
- Try out a Condom Kit (mailed to you)!
Most health insurance plans including Medi-Cal and SF Health Plan cover the cost of the family planning services listed above. In addition and if eligible, students may enroll in Family PACT which covers the cost of the listed family planning services including free condoms. Talk to your provider to see if you are eligible.
If you are satisfied with your current birth control method and you need a refill or if you want to re-start one of these methods, then make a Birth Control Refill appointment online via myHealth.
Please check if you have any remaining refills by calling our Pharmacy at 415-338-1710.
Emergency contraception (also known as “the morning-after pill," Plan B, Next Choice, or Ella) is available at the Student Health Services Pharmacy Curbside Pickup. Call SHS at 415-338-1251 to request a prescription or our low-cost options. Family PACT and health insurance cover emergency contraceptive pills.
If you need emergency contraception and you are interested in the Paragard IUD, this is another excellent method of emergency contraception. Call SHS and speak with our nurse.
Resources for emergency contraception when the health center is closed:
- You can purchase Plan B at most pharmacies without a prescription.
- Planned Parenthood Emergency Contraception
- FamilyPact Emergency Contraception
- SF City Clinic online prescription - click on Plan B and follow the instructions to print a prescription. You can use your Family PACT card or health insurance to receive Plan B at no cost to you.
If you have any of the concerns listed below, please make a Vaginal, Breast, or Contraception Concerns appointment online via myHealth.
- Vaginal bumps, unusual discharge or other symptoms
- Menstrual or vaginal bleeding issues
- Breast issues
- Sexually transmitted infection (STI) or exposure –we can screen you!
- Birth control methods - what is available and how to choose
- Sexuality issues
- Preconception counseling
- Menopausal symptoms
Please make a cervical cancer screening appointment for
- a Cervical cancer screen (Pap smears) after age 21
- abnormal cervical cancer screen follow-up
We are also offering FREE pregnancy tests and menstrual products for pick up as needed. No appointment needed.
While learning about healthy sexuality may begin with the basics about sex and sexual health, it should also include getting informed about your own status -- by getting tested.
Half of all sexually active people will get an STI by the age of 25. And even though many STIs are treatable, most people with an STI do not have any symptoms at all, which means the infections can become more serious, and continue to spread to new partners.
If you are having sex, a key part of staying healthy is to GYT - Get Yourself Tested. Many students ask about the "STI Test," assuming there is one test that covers all STIs. Not true!
If you are not sure which STIs you should consider getting tested for, you can call and speak with one of our nurses or schedule a medical visit with a provider to decide which tests might be appropriate.
Do you know that certain STIs can be prevented by a vaccine? To learn more, read the City Clinic's vaccines against STDs information.
Pick up a free Condom Kit at the pharmacy, no appointment needed!
- STI Testing: Virtual Appointment with Lab Testing at SHS Lab or a local QUEST Diagnostics Lab near you.
- At NO cost to you.
- Call SHS at 415-338-1251 for an appointment.
If you have symptoms:
You may need further evaluation, please make an appointment with your provider or call us at 415-338-1251.
PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is medicine people at risk for HIV take to prevent getting HIV from sex or injection drug use. When taken as prescribed, PrEP is highly effective for preventing HIV. If you are at high risk for HIV or feel you may have been exposed to HIV, PrEP and PEP (Post Exposure Prevention) medications are a good option. Click on the following links to learn how to get them from SHS and our community partners.
PEP (taken within 72 hours of sex)
Healthy sexuality is about much more than health care. Sexuality is part of who you are, and health sexuality is important to your overall wellness. Learn more about LGBTQI health services.
Health Promotion & Wellness provides a range of programs and workshops about healthy sexual communication, relationships, sexual orientation, and safer sex supplies free to students.
- Sexual communication and consent
- Sexuality and Gender
- The Birds and The Baes workshops
- Request safer sex supplies
- Attend a (health promotion) event
All survivors of sexual violence or assault are welcome. SHS providers are NOT mandated reporters for sexual violence and assault. SHS can provide STI testing and treatment, but for official forensic exams, we refer students to Zuckerberg San Francisco General’s Rape Treatment Center (no fee for appointments).
The SAFE Place offers Crisis Counseling and survivor advocacy for SF State students. Call (415) 338-2208 to be connected with the Safe Advocate.
Equity Programs & Compliance is available to students who would like to report sexual violence or harassment to the University for investigation or accommodations to support academic success.
General Gynecologic and Reproductive Health Services
- Planned Parenthood - Women's Health
- Sexual Health TV
- Women's Health - U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services
- OWH: Which Birth Control Method is Right for You?
- Planned Parenthood - Birth Control
- Go Ask Alice!
- Birth Control for Life
Cervical Cancer Screening Pap testing