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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Georgia Southern Health Services strives to meet the healthcare needs of all students by providing a safe and inclusive space to seek care.

Non-Discrimination

Georgia Southern Health Services does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its operation against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or any other classification protected by law in matters of employment, services or programming it provides.

Language Line

Translation services are provided through the USG Student Health Insurance Plan’s Student Assistance Program and are available in over 170 languages for most services.

LGBTQ+ Health

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 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 health care needs. Looking for a particular provider?  Prefer a male or female provider?  Visit our Meet Our Staff page for provider bios.

Confidentiality

Be assured鈥攁ll information about your health and medical record is CONFIDENTIAL. Unless you give us written permission, we cannot share any health information with anyone鈥攏ot parents, professors, or even friends. You can learn more about confidentiality at Georgia Southern Health Services by visiting our Privacy Practices page.

Services
Name Preference and Registration

Georgia Southern Student 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. Our electronic health record uses the university registrar information with your legal name and gender as it appears on your admission records. However, 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. We also have an electronic option available in Eagle OSH to update your demographics, preferred name, gender identity, and pronoun information.

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. If you prefer to schedule these visits with your medical team in the General Medical Clinic, instead of the Women鈥檚 Clinic, please use your Online Student Health Portal to send a secure message to our Nurse Manager to assist with scheduling these types of exams with your assigned medical team in the General Medical Clinic.
  • 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. We recommend you use your Online Student Health portal to schedule these types of appointments with your assigned medical team in the General Medical Clinic.
Hormone Injections

While our medical providers do not currently initiate and prescribe hormone therapy for gender reassignment, if you are receiving hormone injections prescribed by another doctor, then with proper documentation we can fill your prescription in our pharmacy and perform blood work to help monitor your therapy. Our injection clinic nurse can also administer your shots, potentially saving you time and money by doing it affordably and conveniently.  In order to provide you with this service, we do require an initial consultation visit with one of our medical providers, and we will need orders from your specialist that include the following:

  • Name of person to receive the medication
  • Name of the medication to be administered
  • Dose of the medication to be administered
  • Route that the medication is to be administered (subcutaneously, intramuscularly, etc.)
  • Frequency of the injection
  • Name, address and phone of the prescribing provider
  • Lab test orders
  • Relevant diagnosis code or medical history indicating need for injection and/or lab tests

It is important to understand that many insurance policies do not cover hormone therapy or anything related to gender reassignment surgery or treatment. Unfortunately, this is beyond our control.  If you would like to check on specific pricing at Student Health for medications, lab tests, injections, etc., send us an e-mail at health@georgiasouthern.edu. Many services are provided at a reduced cost if your insurance does not cover our services or you are not enrolled in an insurance plan.

Additional Services
  • Single-stall, gender-neutral restrooms
  • Referrals to LGTBQ+ resources and support

Last updated: 8/24/2023