Everyone has a right to live a healthy life, no matter your gender or sexual orientation. Your health includes physical, emotional, mental, and social health and wellness.
At Student Health Services we provide basic health services and resources for the following below.
Women who have sex with women are at risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) through:
- Skin to skin contact;
- Contact with vaginal fluids;
- Contact with menstrual blood; and
- Sharing of sex toys.
More common STIs for women who have women include:
Less common STIs for women who have sex with women include:
Even though there are some more common and less common STIs, it is still important to get tested regularly, especially when you are not in a monogamous or fluid bonded relationship.
Preventing sexually transmitted infections includes:
- Using a barrier method for oral sex and rimming, such as latex squares or dental dams.
- Washing sex toys after each use.
- Using only one sex toy person.
- Using condoms on sex toys.
- Changing condoms on sex toys if you switch partners or are changing from anal to vaginal penetration, or visa versa.
- Using latex gloves for fisting and fingering.
It is important to take care of your cervical health by getting screenings to check for abnormal cervical cells. Abnormal cervical cells can go away on their own, but they can also be a sign of cervical cancer. There are 2 screening tests for abnormal cervical cells: Pap Test and HPV Test.
A pap test is done by a healthcare provider during a pelvic exam. The provider will collect a sample of cervical cells to be evaluated by a laboratory. Most of the time (90%) the results are normal. If the results come back abnormal, your provider will talk to you about the next steps including further testing.
Healthcare providers recommend that women, ages 21-29 have a pap test every 3 years if their results come back as normal. A first pap test should occur before age 21.
An HPV (human papillomavirus) test is done:
- If a women's pap test results come back inconclusive, or not normal or abnormal.
- As another cervical cancer screening tool for women age 30 and older.
Breasts come in all shapes and sizes. It is important to look at and feel your breasts to know what is normal for you and to identify any changes. If you notice any changes in your breasts contact your healthcare provider.
It is important to learn more about your ovarian health. Talk to your healthcare provider to learn more about your ovaries and how to identify any changes.
Taking care of your mental health is important for your overall wellbeing. This can include talking to a therapist or participating in activities that improve your health and wellness. Many local and national resources have online or in-person groups where you can find support.
You can also visit SF State Counseling and Psychological Services if you want to speak with someone at SF State.
For Life-Threatening Emergencies
- On campus - call 8-2222
- Off campus - call 911
- Student Health Services
- Counseling and Psychological Services
- Queer Trans Resource Center
- SF State Safe Zone
- Women's Center
- AGUILAS - Assembly of United Gays Impacting Latinos towards Self-Empowerment
- API LGBTQ Groups in the Bay Area
- Asian & Pacific Islander Family Pride
- Billy DeFrank Center - Silicon Valley LGBT Community Center
- Gay Asian Pacific Alliance
- Gaylesta - Mental Health Services for the LGBTQ Community
- LGBT Resource Center at UCSF
- LGBT/Queer News for the Bay Area
- Lyon-Martin Health Services (Physical and Mental Health) for Women and Transgender People
- Lyric - For LGBT Youth Under Age 23
- Network on Religion and Justice for Asian Pacific Islander Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People
- Rainbow Community Center - Contra Costa County LGBT Community Center
- sbQA - South Bay Queer & Asian
- Two Spirit LGBT Support Group at the Native American Health Center in San Francisco
- The Pacific Center for Human Growth - LGBT Community Center in Berkeley
- The SF LGBT Center
- Trikone - South Asian LGBTQ Organization
- UCSF Alliance Health Project - Services for the LGBT and HIV Communities
- Women's Community Clinic
- Bright Pink - Breast and Ovarian Health
- CDC Lesbian and Bisexual Women Health
- Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force
- Lesbian Health and Resource Center
- Lesbian.com - a resource for and by lesbians, queer women, and allies
- Lesbian.org - promoting the visibility of lesbians on the internet
- National Center for Lesbian Rights
- Native OUT - Native American LGBT/Two-Spirit
- Qmunity - British Columbia's Queer Resource Centre
- Zuna Institute - National Advocacy Organization for Black Lesbians