Healthcare for LGBTQIA+ Students
LGBTQIA+ students can receive general medical care, as well as specialized care, at University Health Services. This video shares a wealth of information about the ways UHS supports LGBTQIA+ students:
We encourage LGBTQIA+ students to receive routine care. Specifically, UHS recommends that students follow guidelines for routine screening of sex-specific organs, like pap smears/gynecological exams, breast exams, prostate exams, etc. If you are uncomfortable with these types of exams, we are happy to talk with you about how to make them easier.
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis is a new HIV prevention treatment. Taking PrEP once daily significantly lowers the risk of HIV transmission. PrEP is covered by the SHIP, CMU's student health insurance plan. Those with outside insurane should check to find out if PrEP is covered and what costs might apply. Students can make appointments to start or continue PrEP by calling 412-268-2157 (select option 2). Learn more about PrEP.
UHS provides hormone therapy for transgender students using the informed consent model.
Informed consent is an evidence-based model of providing care that is used in healthcare agencies serving and run primarily by LGBTQIA+ and TGNC communities. This means that UHS does not require a student to get a letter from a mental health provider in support of hormones as long as they can provide informed consent for care. A student can provide informed consent if they have correct information about Hormonal Replacement Therapy (HRT); are able to understand the information about HRT that has been provided, including risks and benefits as well as reversible and irreversible effects; and/or are able to use this information to make a decision.
The informed consent model is consistent with WPATH Standards of Care and reduces barriers to accessing medically necessary treatment. In this model, students are given accurate and comprehensive information about HRT and will be supported in making the decision that is right for them. Please note that providing care in an informed consent model does not mean that hormones are available on demand. If a medical provider determines that a student has a medical or psychological condition that might preclude the initiation of hormones until further evaluation or treatment, the student be will referred to the appropriate medical and/or psychological resources for further evaluation.
Information about your gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation shared during visits is treated like any other sensitive medical information. We are not permitted to disclose any medical information to anyone, including a parent or guardian, without the consent of the student. Learn more about our privacy practices.