The Student Health Service medical providers are available to discuss basic nutrition and fitness and to provide guidance on diet and fitness goals. Appointments are available at mystudenthealth.miami.edu , choose “Medical Problem, New” as the visit type. The Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center offers a variety of programs which can help you with your efforts including fitness assessments and dietary analysis.
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Peer health educators are a diverse group of students who are trained to teach fellow students about pertinent health issues in a positive, interactive and nonjudgmental manner. Topics range from sexual health, healthy relationships, hazing, discrimination, stress management, time management, gambling and more! By participating in a peer health education group here at UM, you will develop skills that will aid in your personal, academic, and professional development.
The University’s award winning smoking cessation program, “I Quit with AHEC Be Smoke Free Program,” will begin offering group classes for individuals interested in quitting smoking. Classes are offered in 6-week intervals which recurring every six week.
Quitting smoking can be a long and difficult process. With the aid of group classes, led by certified tobacco treatment specialist, individuals can get the support and tools necessary to become tobacco-free. This benefit is available to UM employees, students, and the community at no charge. This program is open to anyone with the desire to become smoke-free for life. University of Miami affiliates and Non-UM affiliates alike are encouraged to join us for this life-changing experience!
Medical providers at the Student Health Service are also available to offer assistance with smoking cessation. Assistance is available to all students eligible to receive care at Student Health Service, and smoking cessation aids (nicotine replacement and other medications) are offered free of charge to students currently on the UnitedHealthCare Student Health Insurance plan. Appointments can be scheduled on-line at mystudenthealth.miami.edu, please select "Smoking Cessation" as appointment reason.
Off Campus Resources
These resource below can also help you to quit smoking.
The State of Florida Quit Line offers free counseling, nicotine patches or gum and more. Additional information is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week at 1-877-U-CAN-NOW.
OFF CAMPUS RESOURCES
Tobacco Free U - Offers college students free on-line information, guides, and resources related to tobacco and quitting tobacco use.
My Last Dip - MyLastDip is a free Web-based intervention that is designed to help young smokeless tobacco users quit.
Kill the Can - This website offers free resources and tools to help dip, snuff, and chewing tobacco users quit. Along with useful information, it offers a support forum and a live quit chat room.
Become an Ex - The EX plan teaches you how to re-learn life without cigarettes in 3 steps - all geared to help make the seemingly impossible possible.
Freedom from Smoking® Online Program - On-line program from the American Lung Association consisting of seven modules, each containing four lessons, to assist you in quitting tobacco. Participants are also encouraged to participate in message boards to give and receive support as they go through the quit process.
There’s an app for that:
· Check out these apps to help you quit. · NCI QuitPal is a free smartphone app to support smokers working to become smoke-free. This
interactive app is developed using proven quit strategies and tools to help change behavior and assist
you with giving up smoking. · Smokefree Teen QuitSTART is another free smartphone app to help track your cravings and moods,
monitor your progress, identify your smoking triggers, and upload personalized “pick me ups” and
reminders to use during challenging times to help you successfully become and stay smokefree."
Sexually transmitted infections (STD's) are highly preventable.
The most reliable ways to avoid transmission of STD's, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), are to abstain from sexual activity or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner. However, infected persons may be unaware of their infections because STDs are often asymptomatic or unrecognized.
Consistent and correct use of latex or polyurethane condoms can significantly reduce the risk of STD transmission. Inconsistent use can lead to STD acquisition because transmission can occur with a single act of intercourse with an infected partner. FREE condoms are available at the Student Health Service.
Lab testing for STD's is available for all eligible students.
To schedule STD testing please make an appointment at mystudenthealth.miami.edu for a "Medical problem new", , for visit reason chose STD Screening
All sexually active women 25 years and younger should be tested annually. Both men and women at risk should be tested at other times if participating in unprotected intercourse or having symptoms,. Testing can be done via urine in men and women and/ or with a cervical swab in women.
Recommended annually for all sexually active women 25 years and younger by some authorities, and only for those at increased risk by others. Both men and women at risk should be tested at other times if participating in unprotected intercourse or having symptoms. Testing can be done via urine in men and women and/ or with a cervical swab in women.
Testing done via blood.
HIV: Testing done via blood; Free for all eligible students
Genital HPV infection
Testing done on women through pap smear screenings; HPV tests done automatically with certain pap abnormalities, and can be ordered for women over 30 choosing to be screened every 5 years. There is no routinely utilized test for males.
Genital Herpes simplex
Symptomatic testing: sample can be obtained from drainage from sores/vesicles on skin. Asymptomatic testing: blood test available for antibodies against Type I and Type II herpes, however results are difficult to interpret ,can be inaccurate and do not accurately distinguish between new and prior infections. Not routinely done.
Spread through sexual contact as well as exposure to infected blood Most individuals received the Hepatitis B vaccination series as children, if not it is recommended that all individuals be vaccinated. Testing done via blood.
Spread mostly through exposure to infected blood; less frequently spread by sexual contact. Testing done via blood.