Community Wellness Services
- Free contraception: A limited amount of safer sex supplies are available on the third floor of E23 outside the Community Wellness offices.
- Peer support: MedLinks volunteers can direct you to free condoms in your residence. Pleasure educators can help answer questions about specific types of condoms and about navigating sex and sexuality at MIT.
Have a question or concern? MIT Medical can help! We are committed to providing comprehensive, supportive, individualized healthcare and health information to individuals with diverse expressions of gender and sexuality.
All of our primary care providers are Board Certified in Primary Care and are knowledgeable on issues related to sexual health. Communicating with your primary care provider about your sexual health is an essential part of patient care. After all, sexual health is an important part of overall health.
- Checkups and other medical services, including the HPV vaccine and prescriptions for contraception, in Primary Care and Obstetrics and Gynecology.
- Confidential testing for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Your primary care provider (PCP) or gynecologist can test you for STIs. If you don’t already have a PCP or gynecologist at MIT Medical, call 617-253-4481 to make an appointment. Testing is free for all registered students; results are available in approximately four days.
- Contraception counseling, prescriptions, and supplies
- Hormonal therapy options for transgender patients
- LGBTQ+ Health service
- Counseling and consultations with providers in Student Mental Health and Counseling Services (students only). Call 617-253-2916.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to rethink our usual activities and develop new strategies for reducing risk.
- Risk reduction has always been a part of sexual health awareness, and it is still important to think about during these times.
- It is important to make informed, consensual decisions about your health (and the health of your sexual partners and fellow community members, by extension).
- It may sound like a bumper sticker, but it’s true: Your safest sex partner is yourself. Beyond that, while physical distancing remains one of the main sources of protection from the spread of COVID-19, your next-safest sexual partner(s) will likely be someone in your “bubble”—someone that you live with or spend time together separated from other people.
- While the pandemic continues, your contact (sexual or otherwise) with people outside your bubble should be limited.
- All of the regular advice still applies:
- Safer sex supplies help to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections.
- Consider starting a PrEP regimen if you and your medical provider believe it may be beneficial for you.
- Do not have sex if you or your partner are feeling sick, and be mindful that people who have COVID-19 may be asymptomatic.
- And as always, ensure that you have and maintain your partner’s consent throughout.
- For more information about COVID-19, visit MIT Medical’s COVID-19 page.