General Health Information
Mental Health and Substance Abuse
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
Learn Facts about Sexual Health with links to websites and organizations that offer accurate and direct information.
Safer Sex 101
Sexual Health Programs on Campus
Sit back and relax with your peers as we talk about what's on everyone's mind - sex
! Learn what safer sex is, why it's so important, and how to make it fun! We'll set the record straight and answer all your questions as we talk about abstinence, outercourse, positive sexual communication, sexually transmitted diseases, testing, and how to protect yourself.
Test your sexual health IQ! Jeopardy categories include topics as contraception, STDs, anatomy and physiology, women's health, and men's health.
Sexual Positions: Straight Talk About Sex
Explore students' "positions" on a number of topics surrounding sexual health on campus. Learn to challenge each others' thinking around common myths and misconceptions (Does 'No' always mean 'No'?) as we discuss issues such as gender socialization (is chivalry dead? is there sexual equality?), hooking up, and healthy communication as a means to sexual pleasure. Share your thoughts and ideas on and how they affect your behavior and choices regarding sexual ethics, etiquette, and enjoyment.
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Smoking Cessation Program
The University of Miami BeSmokeFree
smoking cessation program offers FREE Quit Smoking Now
classes at both the Medical and Gables Wellness Centers. The classes offer comprehensive resources for smokers interested in quitting. For further details or to register
for the BeSmokeFree
program, please call (305) 243-7606 or contact Virginia Perez
Smoking Cessation Services
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.