Sexual & Reproductive Health
The choice to be sexually active is unique to the individual. The majority of Columbia students take active steps to protect their sexual and reproductive health by:
- Limiting the number of sexual partners
- Using barrier methods to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Using barrier methods or hormonal contraception to prevent pregnancy
Sexual and reproductive health resources include access to free safer sex supplies (internal and external condoms, dental dams, lubricant, and information). There are a number of locations where free safer sex supplies are available to students on the Morningside campus. Check the map for locations, hours, and directions to safer sex supplies.
Find these supplies at:
- Medical Services (4th floor of John Jay Hall)
- Sexual Violence Response (7th floor of Lerner Hall)
- Alice! Health Promotion (3rd floor of John Jay Hall)
- Disability Services (1st floor of Wien Hall)
- Undergraduate Student Life (5th floor west of Lerner Hall)
To talk with a staff member about sexual health questions, including safer sex options and strategies, visit Alice! Health Promotion during drop in hours or call 212-854-5453 to make an appointment.
The Gay Health Advocacy Project offers free and confidential HIV antibody testing to the entire Columbia community, and arranges treatment and support for HIV-infected students. In addition, Gay Health Advocacy Project provides peer counseling on issues of sexuality and information about transmission, treatment, and prevention of STIs.
Medical Services also provides an array of sexual and reproductive health services including well-woman examinations, birth control, pregnancy options counseling, STI testing and treatment, and much more.
Intra-uterine device (IUD) and Contraceptive Implant (Nexplanon) Insertion
Columbia Health recommends students first explore birth control options and sexual health issues with a health promotion specialist at Alice! Health Promotion or a peer advocate at the Women's Health Advocacy Project (WHAP).
If you are ready to proceed with an IUD or a contraceptive implant, please call Medical Services at 212-854-2388 or visit Medical Services on John Jay Hall 3 to make the appointment.
For other forms of prescription contraception, you may schedule a same-day appointment with your primary care provider, through Columbia Health Patient Portal on-line scheduling system.