sexualhealth

HIV & STI Testing

Are you sexually active?  Ever wonder about HIV and other STIs (sexually transmitted infections)?  Feeling fine but wondering if you've been exposed to an STI?

Come to Student Health Service!  We are pleased to announce that we now have the ability to perform free, confidential rapid HIV testing and free or low-cost STI screening ranging from $10-$30! 

Erin Taylor, our Health Counselor, is on hand to provide testing and prevention education services in a non-judgmental environment. Appointments are 30 minutes and you'll know your HIV status before you leave!  If you are asymptomatic can make an appointment to see her for rapid HIV/STI screening and prevention counseling services, by calling our main number at 215.746.3535 or making an appointment online by clicking here.

You'll need to see a medical provider IF YOU ARE HAVING STI SYMPTOMS (painful urination, pain during sex, fever, discharge, genital/anal skin changes, genital bleeding) or if you know you've been exposed to HIV or an STI.  Call our appointment line at 215-746-3535 and ask to speak with a Nurse.  Our Student Health staff will do our best to see you as soon as possible for testing and treatment.

If you'd prefer to vist off-campus sites for HIV testing, click here for more information.

Want to learn how to sex well, click here for more information.

Sexual Assault 

There are many resources available at Penn for students who experience sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking. For more information about resources, policies, and reporting options visit Penn Violence Prevention.

Student Health Service

215-746-3535 for the main number

3535 Market Street, Suite 100

Student Health Service can provide medical evaluations and treatment to victims/survivors of sexual and relationship violence regardless of whether they make a report or seek additional resources.  Both male and female providers can perform examinations, discuss testing and treatment of sexually transmissible infections, provide emergency contraception if necessary and arrange for referrals and follow up.  The Student Health Service does not perform forensic rape examinations (see information below). All services are confidential.  Office visits are covered in full by the Clinical Fee and the Penn Student Insurance Plan (PSIP). Charges for lab tests related to a sexual assault are waived.

Forensic Rape Examinations
The Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center (PSARC) is designated to provide forensic rape examinations to victims of sexual assault. Member of the Penn community can receive transportation and accompaniment to PSARC by Special Services in the Division of Public Safety. It is recommended that students who wish to pursue legal action, or may want to pursue legal action in the future, receive this examination, which includes a collection of evidence. During this examination victims can receive treatment for injuries and sexually transmitted infections as well as emergency contraception.  In order to preserve evidence victims are advised not to smoke, eat, drink, bathe, douche, brush their teeth, or change their clothes prior to receiving the exam. However, doing any of the above does not mean an exam cannot be performed. While it is highly recommended that victims receive an exam within 72 hours of an assault, there is no official time limit after which an exam cannot be performed.

*Please note that forensic rape examinations cannot be performed at any local hospital unless the victim is being treated there for injuries that are so severe they are considered medically unstable.

For a full list of confidential resources and reporting options, visit the Penn Violence Prevention website.