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LGBTQ Health (Armstrong)

Georgia Southern Health Services welcomes all students to utilize the many services we offer.  We recognize that LGBTQ students may have specific concerns or issues that they want to be treated in a sensitive, caring, and comfortable environment. We want all students to feel comfortable and not feel that they have to hide their identity to come to a medical appointment. All of our providers have experience with LGBTQ students and are open and eager to help with your healthcare needs.

Confidentiality

Be assured—all information about your health and medical record is CONFIDENTIAL. Unless you give us written permission, we cannot share any health information with anyone—not parents, professors, or even friends. Learn more about confidentiality at Georgia Southern Health Services.

Name Preference and Registration 

Georgia Southern Health Services recognizes that LGBTQ students may face unique challenges to obtaining medical care. Even going through patient registration at the front desk can cause anxiety, particularly for students whose legal name or assigned gender does not match their internal feelings or outward appearance. If you have a preferred name you would like us to use, or if you want to change your preferred gender information to male, female, or transgender, let the receptionist, nurse or provider know that takes care of you.

General Health

Once registered, often our providers and nurses ask personal questions when assessing a health problem or offering medical or testing services. We recognize that talking frankly and honestly about health issues may be uncomfortable for some people. We encourage you to be as open and honest as possible. It is important to remember that the more information you share with your healthcare provider and team, the better they can help to meet your needs. Quality health care begins with good communication between patients and healthcare providers.  Our goal is to help you be as healthy as you can be, recognizing that your health is composed of the physical, mental, spiritual, and social aspects of your life, including your views on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Sexual Health

Student Health Services can help with many issues regarding sexual health.  We offer education, patient consultations, information on safe sex products, testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), as well as general medical visits for any kind of health concern. When you schedule an appointment, be prepared to address topics concerning your anatomical gender, sexual history, current sexual behavior and sexual orientation and preferences, methods of contraception and STI risk reduction, and any current symptoms that you may be experiencing. These questions are asked for medical reasons and will ensure the best care possible.

Transgender Care

As a transgender man, it is important that you continue to receive the recommended health maintenance such as cervical cancer screening via pap smears, HPV immunizations, screening for sexually transmitted illnesses, and annual clinical breast screenings.

As a transgender female, it is important that you continue to receive the recommended health maintenance such as an annual testicular exam, HPV immunizations, sexually transmitted illness screening, and prostate screening.

Patient education materials

Georgia Southern Health Services strives to provide educational material that is inclusive for all students. If you are looking for a handout, pamphlet, or other educational resource and cannot find something that you need, please email Student Wellness & Health Promotion at wellbeing@georgiasouthern.edu . Student Wellness & Health Promotion is constantly adding and revising educational material and welcomes suggestions from students on issues they want to find out more about. If you read one of the pamphlets and have an idea about how to make it more inclusive to LGBTQ students, please contact Student Wellness & Health Promotion.  Explore educational resources for LGBTQ, Gay & Bisexual men, and Transgender health & wellness at Student Wellness & Health Promotion.

Last updated: 8/19/2021