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Overview

University Health Services (UHS) strives to provide quality, compassionate care to all students. We encourage you to talk to your healthcare provider about your sexual identity, gender identity and sexual behavior. In order to provide you with the best and most appropriate care, providers must be fully informed. Your care and any information disclosed to your provider is strictly confidential. Respect for diversity is expected of all UHS providers. UHS staff participate in ongoing diversity training, including training on LGBT issues. If you have concerns about your treatment, please contact Dr. Evan Pattishall, director of clinical services, or Mary Alyce Nelson, assistant director of clinical operations and director of nursing.

Confidentiality

Your care and any information disclosed to your provider is strictly confidential. Learn more about confidentiality at UHS.

Services for Transgender Patients

University Health Services (UHS) can offer support to students who are undergoing gender re-assignment. UHS providers will refer you to or consult with Dr. Levine, a specialist in this field (see 'Hormone Therapy' below on this page), to provide you with necessary medical and pharmaceutical care. Students undergoing hormonal therapy can bring their medication along with an order from the prescribing physician to a UHS provider for review and administration. Nurses can also teach self-administration of medication.

Medications can be special ordered through the UHS pharmacy. Please check with your insurance provider regarding policy requirements and specific benefits.

Preferred Name

Please indicate if you prefer a name other than your current legal name when scheduling your appointment (either online through myUHS or with the telephone appointment scheduler). A note will be added to your medical chart and your medical team will use this name while caring for you. You can also indicate your transition status while scheduling your first appointment. This will help your health care team provide you with the best care possible.

Restrooms

Gender-neutral restrooms are available within the Student Health Center.

Travel

Traveling abroad? Your passport can now reflect your gender identity if you have a letter from a physician stating that you have had appropriate clinical treatment (which means appropriate for that person, it no longer specifies surgery or anything else, it’s now a clinical judgment call).

LGBT Health Topics

Resources available through UHS (or other Penn State units)

LGBTA Support Network Participants at UHS

LGBTA Support Network Participants at Other Campuses

Additional Online and Campus Resources

Health-Related Resouces

General Resources

Standards of Care for LGBT Patients:

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