Student Health Services
Student Services Plaza
Appointments: (239) 590-7966
Immunization: (239) 590-1254
Avoid Substance Abuse
Some college students experience significant pressure to use alcohol, drugs and cigarettes, especially when trying to make friends and become part of a group. Drinking among college students and on college campuses is more pervasive and destructive than many people may realize. Studies show that four out of five college students drink alcohol. One in five students report three or more binge drinking episodes in the prior two weeks; binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks for men and four or more for women within a short period of time. Alcohol consumption among persons aged 12–20 years contributes to the three leading causes of death (unintentional injury, homicide, and suicide) in this age group in the United States. It is associated with other health-risk behaviors, including high-risk sexual behavior, smoking, and physical fighting.
Work with campus leaders to increase the availability of healthy activities and safe places on campus to meet with friends. If you are concerned about your or someone else's use of alcohol or other drugs, seek assistance from your parents, resident advisor, faculty advisor, student health/counseling services, or health care provider. Avoid second-hand smoke. It is just as harmful as if you were smoking yourself. Don’t drive after drinking or using drugs.
If you have concerns about drinking habits of yourself or others, please contact Student Health Services and we will assist you in finding the resources and the help that you need. 239-590-7966
Alcoholics Anonymous group meets at 8pm every Thursday in the Howard Hall conference room.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2012). College Health and Safety. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/family/college/
Domestic violence and emotional abuse are behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control the other. Partners may be married or not married; heterosexual, gay, or lesbian; living together, separated or dating.
Examples of abuse include:
Violence can be criminal and includes physical assault (hitting, pushing, shoving, etc.), sexual abuse (unwanted or forced sexual activity), and stalking. Although emotional, psychological and financial abuse are not criminal behaviors, they are forms of abuse and can lead to criminal violence.
The violence takes many forms and can happen all the time or once in a while. An important step to help yourself or someone you know in preventing or stopping violence is recognizing the warning signs listed on the "Violence Wheel."
ANYONE CAN BE A VICTIM! Victims can be of any age, sex, race, culture, religion, education, employment or marital status. Although both men and women can be abused, most victims are women. Children in homes where there is domestic violence are more likely to be abused and/or neglected. Most children in these homes know about the violence. Even if a child is not physically harmed, they may have emotional and behavior problems.
If you are being abused, REMEMBER:
1.You are not alone
2.It is not your fault
3.Help is available
Local and Online Resources:
Retrieved from http://www.domesticviolence.org/
Student Services offers Plan B emergency contraception for $15.00. You must schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider by calling Student Health Services. You must provide Eagle ID at time of appointment. Please review the Plan B website for detailed information regarding pill dosage and side effects.
Good health means more that treating illnesses when they occur. It also means achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, getting optimal nutrition, exercising and staying fit, and taking steps to prevent disease. Taking control of your health and well- being gives you the best chance for living a full and rewarding life.
FGCU Student Health Services offers a range of prevention and wellness services. We offer pap smears, physicals, eye exams, smoking cessation information, disease prevention information, immunizations, dietetic information, along with a certified dietitian on site.
Please contact Student Health Services at 239-590-7966 to make an appointment for a general checkup or to seek assistance from our dietitian. Appointments at Student Health and with the dietitian are free of charge.
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) targets the immune system and weakens people's surveillance and defense systems against infections and some types of cancer. As the virus destroys and impairs the function of immune cells, infected individuals gradually become immunodeficient. Immunodeficiency results in increased susceptibility to a wide range of infections and diseases that people with healthy immune systems can fight off. The most advanced stage of HIV infection is Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), which can take 10-15 years to develop. This stage is defined by the development of certain cancers, infections, or other severe clinical manifestations.
Signs and symptoms
The symptoms of HIV vary depending on the stage of infection. Though people living with HIV tend to be most infectious in the first few months, many are unaware of their status until later stages. The first few weeks after initial infection, individuals may experience no symptoms or a flu-like illness including fever, headache, rash or sore throat.
As the infection progressively weakens the person's immune system, the individual can develop other signs and symptoms such as swollen lymph nodes, weight loss, fever, diarrhea and cough. Without treatment, they could also develop severe illnesses such as tuberculosis, cryptococcal meningitis, and cancers such as lymphomas and Kaposi's sarcoma, among others.
HIV can be transmitted via unprotected and close contact with a variety of body fluids of infected individuals, such as blood, breast milk, semen and vaginal secretions. Individuals cannot become infected through ordinary day-to-day contact such as kissing, hugging, shaking hands, or sharing personal objects, food or water.
Examples of HIV transmission routes include:
Behaviors and conditions that put individuals at greater risk of contracting HIV include:
An HIV test reveals infection status by detecting the presence or absence of antibodies to HIV in the blood. Antibodies are produced by individuals' immune systems to fight off foreign pathogens. Most people have a "window period" of 3 to 12 weeks during which antibodies to HIV are still being produced and are not yet detectable. This early period of infection represents the time of greatest infectivity but transmission can occur during all stages of the infection. Retesting should be done after three months to confirm test results once sufficient time has passed for antibody production in infected individuals.
People must agree to be tested for HIV and appropriate counseling should be provided. HIV test results should be kept confidential, and everyone should receive post-test counseling and follow-up care, treatment and prevention measures as appropriate.
Confidential oral or blood testing for HIV is offered at SHS with an appointment by calling 239-590-7966 Monday through Friday. Oral testing is free.
Please visit the CDC for the most current information for this years flu virus.
Mental health includes your emotional, physical and overall well-being. It is very important to take good care of yourself, not just physically, but also emotionally while you are in college. There are often tough, challenging times college students face throughout their time at FGCU. If you are struggling or feel overwhelmed please ask yourself some questions and let Student Health Services know if:
If you answered yes to any of these questions or you need someone to talk to, call Student Health Services at 239-590-7966 or Counseling & Psychological Services at 239-590-7950. After-hours crisis services are available by phone including evenings, weekend, and holidays. You are not alone.
Student Health Services does provide pap smears. However, pap smears are not indicated as frequently as they once were. A pap smear is not required to obtain birth control pills. For additional information see: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/cervical/basic_info/infographic.htm
Sexual violence (SV) is any sexual act that is perpetrated against someone's will. SV encompasses a range of offenses, including a completed nonconsensual sex act (i.e., rape), an attempted nonconsensual sex act, abusive sexual contact (i.e., unwanted touching), and non-contact sexual abuse (e.g., threatened sexual violence, exhibitionism, verbal sexual harassment). These four types are defined in more detail below. All types involve victims who do not consent, or who are unable to consent or refuse to allow the act.
•A completed sex act is defined as contact between the penis and the vulva or the penis and the anus involving penetration, however slight; contact between the mouth and penis, vulva, or anus; or penetration of the anal or genital opening of another person by a hand, finger, or other object.
•An attempted (but not completed) sex act
•Abusive sexual contact is defined as intentional touching, either directly or through the clothing, of the genitalia, anus, groin, breast, inner thigh, or buttocks of any person without his or her consent, or of a person who is unable to consent or refuse.
•Non-contact sexual abuse does not include physical contact of a sexual nature between the perpetrator and the victim. It includes acts such as voyeurism; intentional exposure of an individual to exhibitionism; unwanted exposure to pornography; verbal or behavioral sexual harassment; threats of sexual violence to accomplish some other end; or taking nude photographs of a sexual nature of another person without his or her consent or knowledge, or of a person who is unable to consent or refuse.
Why is a Consistent Definition Important?
A consistent definition is needed to monitor the incidence of SV and examine trends over time. In addition, it helps determine the magnitude of SV and compare the problem across jurisdictions. A consistent definition also helps researchers measure risk and protective factors for victimization in a uniform manner. This ultimately informs prevention and intervention efforts.
Basile KC, Saltzman LE. Sexual violence surveillance: uniform definitions and recommended data elements version 1.0. Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control; 2002. Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/pub/SV_surveillance.html
Think an STD can’t happen to you?
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Stress in college is often a normal part of the university experience. Some stress can be very healthy; however some stress can cause problems. If you are feeling overwhelmed with stress, take some time and remember that you can learn how to manage your stress. You can get help by talking to someone at FGCU Student Health Services. By talking to a professional healthcare provider, you can learn how to manage your stress and take care of your feelings.
1) Know what stresses you. Set goals and make a list of times that you feel stressed.
2) Make a plan. Learn how to manage your time and stay on task. Take your time navigating through life so that you can reach your goals.
3) Remember to take care of your physical well-being. Try and incorporate healthy foods and exercise into your activities of daily living. Take breaks and get plenty of rest.
4) Take care of your emotional well-being. Take time out from stressful environments and situations. Plan ahead so that you are not rushed. Always remember to plan fun, relaxing times that are enjoyable to you. Surround yourself with caring and supportive people. Always remember to value your strengths.
If you feel like you cannot handle your stress on your own, do not be afraid to seek help. Call or stop in to FGCU Student Health Services and make an appointment to discuss your feelings.
Struggling with addiction/substance abuse? Often young adults are faced with overwhelming life situations and are unfortunately lead to participate in substance abuse. Students become addicted to drugs, alcohol and other illegal substances, often while in colleg. There is help on campus and through other avenues. See below for a list of excellent resources for our students at FGCU. Counseling and Psychological Services located in Howard Hall, Suite 228, provides consultation and referral, outreach programs, emergency on-call services, and assessment services. There is a Substance Abuse Clinician on staff. Call 239-590-7950 or email at CAPS@fgcu.edu. You may also visit Student Health Services for a physical assessment and for other resources.
Are You Travelling Outside of the Country? Please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Travelers' Health website for the current required/recommnded vaccine information.
Did you know that a single mosquito bite can make you sick. Why take a chance? Use repellent on yourself, your friends and your family.
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