Student Health Promotion supports increasing the health literacy of the Georgia State University student population. Subject matter resources are provided along with resources tailored to the Georgia State student.
Safer Sex Sexual health is state of well-being in relation to sexuality. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sexual health involves physical, emotional, mental and social awareness. Being sexually healthy is more than just being free of disease. It’s about having healthy sexual relationships, being self-aware and having a respectful attitude towards the topic of sexuality.
Learn more about the #YesToConsentPanthers program.
Need safer sex supplies? Check out the #WeGotYouCoveredPanthers program.
What is Healthy Sex?
- Let’s get real about STIs (and forget the stigma)
- How to discuss STI status, sexual history, and safer sex with your partner
- What’s your STI-Q? Everything you want to know about STIs
The Student Health Clinic provides sexually transmitted infections (STI) screening and treatment.
Another great site for college health and wellness questions (and answers) is the Go Ask Alice website.
Student Health Promotion collaborates with the Fulton and DeKalb County Health Departments, the Georgia Department of Public Health, community partners (e.g., SomeCares, Positive Impact Health Centers, AID Atlanta) and the Student Health Clinic to offer free and confidential rapid HIV testing along with sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis.
HIV and STI Testing
All Georgia State University students are welcome to get free and confidential testing during awareness day events.
- Attend a HIV/AIDS awareness day testing event. Education will be provided associated with the specific awareness day. All testing events are 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and everyone is welcome.
HIV testing is completed using the INSTi HIV 1-HIV 2 Antibody Test - a rapid point-of-care HIV testing solution.
- A drop of blood is collected by using a lancet to prick the finger.
- Reliable results are available in one minute.
- A positive reaction to the rapid test requires a confirming blood test.
- A negative reaction may mean a person does not have HIV or it’s too soon to tell.
Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing is completed using a sample of urine.
- A urine sample is collected in a cup or a self-swab of the vagina, urethra, throat or rectum.
- Results are available in 7 to 10 business days.
- Students with a positive test are called to schedule a treatment appointment with the Student Health Clinic.
- Make an appointment at the Georgia State Universityte Student Health Clinic.
- Students can make appointments with the providers using a telehealth option. Please go to the patient portal or call 404-413-1930 to schedule an appointment.
- Use the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention testing locator or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636).
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends every person between the 13 and 64 years of age get tested at least once, to know their HIV status. It is estimated that about half of people between 13 and 24 years of age are unaware of their HIV status and may be unknowingly transmitting the virus to other people. Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI? testing is necessary for anyone that has had vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Most of the time STIs have no symptoms and testing is the way to determine if a person has a STI.
Be Well, Do Well is a free, online publication for college students that encompasses many aspects of wellness - including relevant and updated information about healthy and unhealthy relationships. Relationships include those that are romantic, friendship based and most importantly filled with effective communication.
Be Well, Do Well is a free, online publication for college students that encompasses many aspects of wellness - including relevant and updated information about interpersonal violence prevention and intervention.
From Go Ask Alice!
- What are some tips for safety in the city?
- How do I download the LiveSafe App to communicate with Georgia State University Police Department?
- What support is available related to school shootings or other mass shootings?
From BeWell Online Magazine
- What are health and wellness services for undergraduates at Georgia State University?
- How do students connect with health and wellness programs on campus?
BeWell Online Magazine
Sleep is essential and directly linked to academic success. Student Health Promotion strives to provide students with tools to help them attain healthy sleep behaviors and quality sleep. After students complete the ICollege SleepWellPanthers 101 course, they fill out the survey and will be contacted by Health Educator Camila Pham [email protected] and schedule a time to pick up their sleep kits at 75 Piedmont Suite 243.
The sleep kit holds a variety of items meant to enhance your quality of sleep. Students can choose up to three items to come in their sleep kits these may include:
Sleep mask: Great tool to decrease light stimulation and help you get better quality sleep.
Ear plug: Reduce sleep disruption due to sound stimulation.
Lotion: Enjoy our lavender lotion to induce a relaxed mind state to sleep.
Room spray: Use your senses with a relaxing linen spray to sent the ambiance for sleep.
Fuzzy socks: Use your sense of touch to enjoy these fuzzy socks and help your feet warm and cozy to sleep
The purpose of the policy is to create a health-supporting community for everyone, tobacco-users and non-users alike. The new policy also supports the right of all people on university system campuses to breathe smoke-free air. The simple reason for our policy is respect for each other and the environment. We hope that smokers who choose to continue smoking will respect our smoke-free environment out of concern for their fellow campus community members.
Tobacco and its usage is completely legal for adults above the age of 18. The USG is not forcing anyone to quit. However, the university system owns campus properties, and can establish policies that protect the health of all university system members. A tobacco-free policy does not prohibit tobacco use; it merely establishes where use can occur.
Electronic cigarette (e-cig) use is found to be highest among college students. While it may be used as an aid to quit smoking, it still is a highly concentrated source of addictive nicotine and it has not been regulated or studied enough to support claims of use for tobacco cessation. E-cigs also pollute the air and early research shows negative lung effects and inflammation, similar to smoking. For more information about poisoning related to e-cigarettes view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study.
The purpose of the policy is to create a health-supporting community for everyone, tobacco-users and non-users alike. The policy also supports the right of all people on university system campuses to breathe smoke-free air. The simple reason for our policy is respect for each other and the environment. We hope that smokers who choose to continue smoking will respect our smoke-free environment out of concern for their fellow campus community members. #TobaccoFreePanthers
The reason this is more than just a smoke-free policy is because even the rates of smokeless tobacco are increasing within the state of Georgia. For more information view the Georgia Department of Public Health study.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of premature and preventable death, responsible for more than 440,000 deaths a year in the United States. Cigarette smoking alone is responsible for more deaths than HIV/AIDS, alcohol, motor vehicle crashes, homicide, suicide, illegal drugs and fires - combined.
Tobacco addiction begins almost exclusively among youth and young adults. The 2012 Surgeon General’s Report shows that 99% of smokers begin smoking and using other forms of tobacco by age 26, making college and university campuses a critical target for tobacco use prevention and cessation efforts.