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Sexual Wellness

Free Resources @ The Wellness Center

The Wellness Center provides free condoms and lubricants. We currently have a variety of brands, styles and sizes of condoms, including Trojan, Lifestyles, Durex, non-latex, female, and flavored condoms.

The Wellness Center also has a wealth of brochures and booklets on various sexual wellness topics.

For more information, go to Services.

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Let's Talk About Sex

Wellness peer educators and staff have prepared an informative and easy-to-read guide to sexual wellness. This tool is intended to provide you with information on the questions you may not be comfortable asking.

Access Let’s Talk About Sex here.

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Emergency Contraceptives

An emergency contraceptive is a medication that helps prevent pregnancy when a routine birth control method is absent or fails. Plan B One-Step is the most commonly used emergency contraceptive. It works by preventing ovulation, and possibly also by preventing fertilization and implantation.


Where can I buy it?

Plan B One-Step (will be referred to as "Plan B" below) is available as an over-the-counter product. You do not need a prescription to purchase it. UIC students can purchase it at the University Village Pharmacy near the East Campus and the Taylor Street Pharmacy (Ear and Eye Infirmary) near the West Campus at a discounted price.

I heard there is an age limit to buy Plan B. What is the age limit?
As of 2013, there is NO age limit to purchase Plan B. A patient of any age can purchase it over the counter without a prescription.

When should I take Plan B?

Plan B should be used after unprotected sex (e.g. forgot to use a condom during sexual intercourse) or a contraceptive failure (e.g. missed birth control pills) if pregnancy is undesired.

Plan B should be taken as soon as possible within 72 hours (3 days) after the sexual intercourse. The sooner you take it, the more effective it will be.

Do not take Plan B if you are pregnant. It is not an abortion pill.

Discuss with your pharmacist or doctor about the contraceptive options if 72 hours have passed since the sexual intercourse.

How do I take Plan B?

One 150 mg tablet should be taken by mouth as a single dose with food.

What side effects should I expect after taking it?

The posible side effects of Plan B include nausea/vomiting, headache, dizziness, breast tenderness, changes in menstrual flow, and lower abdominal pain. These side effects are usually mild and transient in nature.

Am I guaranteed not to become pregnant after taking Plan B?


Unfortunately, the effectiveness of Plan B is less than 90%, which is lower than most of the routine birth control methods. This is why Plan B should only be used as an emergency contraceptive. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor about routine birth control methods.

I took Plan B and now I realize that I had already become pregnant when I took it. What should I do?

As mentioned before, Plan B is not an abortion pill. It will not affect an exisiting pregnancy, nor will it cause harm to the pregnancy.

If I'm not sure whether I'm pregnant or not, when should I see a doctor?

After taking Plan B, you should have your next period at the expected time. If it is more than one week late, you should take a pregnancy test or contact a doctor.

You should also contact a doctor immediately if you experience severe abdominal pain, for it may be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy.

If you have further questions, feel free to contact:

University Village Pharmacy

722 W. Maxwell Street, Suite 205

(312) 355-2345


Taylor Street Pharmacy

1855 W. Taylor Street

(312) 996-6540

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Facts on Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections that are primarily transmitted through sexual contact. There are several common STIs with varying symptoms.

Access Facts on STIs, a document prepared by the Bacchus Network, for more information on STIs common among college students.

What is the difference between an STD and an STI?

Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) is another name for Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD). The term STI is preferred because some STDs (e.g. Chlamydia) can actually infect a person without causing any symptoms (i.e. actual disease). Therefore, someone who has no symptoms may not think of him/herself as having a disease, but still have an infection that needs treatment. (Avert, 2010)

More information is also available through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/STD/


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STI/HIV Testing Sites

Below is a listing of free or low cost STI and HIV testing sites in the Chicago area: (for a pdf version of this listing click here)

Lakeview STD Clinic
2861 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: (312) 744-5507
Days/Hrs: Mon-Wed-Fri (8am-4pm), Tue-Thu (10am-6pm)
Cost: Free

Englewood STD Clinic
641 W. 63rd Street
Chicago, IL 60621
Phone: (312) 747-8900
Days/Hrs: Mon-Wed-Fri (8am-4pm), Tue-Thu (10am-6pm)
Cost: Free with ID

Chicago Women’s Health Center
3435 N. Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: (773) 935-6126
Days/Hrs: Mon to Fri (9am-4pm). Call for evening and weekend hours.
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea: $40
HIV/Hepatitis/Syphilis Blood Test: $60
Cost: Initial Visit - Sliding Scale

Howard Brown Health Center
4025 N. Sheridan Road

Chicago, IL 60613

If you’d like free HIV/STD testing, the Prevention department at Howard Brown provides services at a number of venues. For more information, visit their testing site or call 773-388-1600

Broadway Youth Center
3179 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: (773) 935-3151
Days/Hrs: Mon thru Thu (1pm-8pm), Fri (1pm-9pm with rapid HIV testing)
Cost: Free


Loop Health Center
18 S. Michigan Avenue, 6th floor
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 592-6700
Days/Hrs:Mon 8:45am-5:45pm
               Tue 8:45am-3:45pm
               Wed 7:45am-3:45pm
               Thu 11:45am-5:45pm
               Fri 7:45am-3:45pm
               Sat 9:00am-12:45pm
Cost: $73 for initial visit plus costs of test/medication

Austin Health Center
5937 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60651
Phone: (773) 287-2020
Days/Hrs:Mon Closed
               Tue 8am-3:30pm
               Wed 8am-3:30pm
               Thu 1pm-6pm
               Fri 9am-2pm
               Sat 9am-2pm
Cost: Sliding Scale
Roseland Health Center
11250 S. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60628
Phone: (773) 468-1600
Days/Hrs:Mon Closed
               Tue 8am-1:30pm
               Wed 8am-4:30pm
               Thu 1pm-6pm
               Fri 9am-1:30pm
               Sat 8am-3:30 pm
Cost: Sliding Scale

Englewood Health Center
6059 S. Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60636
Phone: (773) 434-3700
Days/Hrs:Mon 8am-3:30pm
               Tue 8am-3:30pm
               Wed 8am-3:30pm
               Thu 12:30pm-5:30pm
               Fri 8:15am-1:30pm
Cost: Sliding Scale

Near North Health Center
1200 N. Lasalle Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: (312) 266-1033
Days/Hrs:Mon 11am-5pm
               Tue 1pm-6:30pm
               Wed 1pm-6:30pm
               Thu 11am-5pm
               Fri 12pm-5pm
               Sat 9am-3pm
Cost: Full Scale

Rogers Park Health Center
6353 N. Broadway Street
Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: (773) 973-3393
Days/Hrs:Mon 9am-3pm
               Tue 8am-3:45pm
               Wed 10:45am-6:45pm
               Thu 10:45am-6:45pm
               Fri 8am-1:45pm
               Sat 8:45am-1:45pm
Cost: Full Scale

Wicker Park Health Center
1152 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: (773) 252-2240
Days/Hrs:Mon 9am-2:45pm
               Tue 8:45am-2:45pm
               Wed 10:15am-5:15pm
               Thu 11:15am-5:45pm
               Fri 8:15am-1:45pm
               Sat 8:45am-1:45pm
Cost: Full Scale

STI/HIV Information and Testing Centers:
National STI Hotline: 800-227-8922
State of Illinois AIDS Hotline: 800-243-2437

Updated: 2/10

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Sexual Wellness Resources

Family Medicine Center

University Village
722 W. Maxwell Street, 2nd Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60607
Appointment: 312-996-2901

All enrolled students have access to a variety of preventive health care services at the Family Medicine Center, including testing for pregnancy and a number of sexually transmitted diseases. There is no co-payment or charge for covered services when obtained at the Family Medicine Center. These services are covered by the Student Health Service fee that all students pay. This is not the same as Campus Care.

Please access the Family Medicine link above for more information and for a comprehensive list of covered services. Students are also encouraged to verify coverage before services are received.

The following services are provided free at the Family Medicine Center to all students when medically necessary and appropriate and rendered on site by Family Medicine:


The UIC Center for Reproductive Health

is a comprehensive and expert abortion practice at the UIC Medical Center that provides care for women who seek elective abortion and women who desire termination due to missed abortion.

Services include

The Center for Reproductive Health accepts most insurance, Public Aid, and self-payment. The Center also accepts CampusCare (student health benefit program) with a referral from the UIC Family Medicine Clinic (contact CampusCare to see if services are covered). Patients should talk to their health insurance plans about eligibility and benefits.

Atmosphere: The Center is integrated into the general Women's Health practice in an attractive setting; patients are not identified as seeking termination of pregnancy. The Center seeks to provide individual care in a supportive and comfortable environment.

Appointments: Patients or referring providers should call the Center for Reproductive Health, Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm at 312/413-8553. Services are only provided on Thursdays.


2049 Ridge Ave
Evanston, IL 60201

The Cradle is a private, not-for-profit, non-sectarian, state licensed child welfare agency located in Evanston, Illinois. The Cradle offers counseling and information on adoption and parenting choices, and assistance with medical care. All services are free of charge for pregnant women. The Cradle also has birth parent counselors that do house calls.

On and Off Campus Resources

For a listing of on and off campus sexual wellness resources, go to Wellness Links

Important numbers and web addresses

Emergency Contraception Hotline (24 hours, English and Spanish)

Planned Parenthood General Information

Planned Parenthood ECP by phone
1-866-222-EC4U (3248)

Planned Parenthood EC4U on the web

General ECP information

Online ECP prescription websites

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Wellness Workshops – Cover Your Lover

Find out why oil is a no-no. Learn how whip crème could be costly. Did you know that condoms are not just for men anymore and that sexually transmitted infections (STI's) can be transmitted orally as well? If not, come learn about the latest in birth control, STI's and protection. Cover Your Lover is a wellness workshop that provides answers to your sexual wellness questions including relationships, contraception, abstinence, and STI's.

This and other Wellness Workshops are available for residence halls, student groups, classes, and community organizations. These programs are facilitated by trained wellness peer educators from the student organization WAVES.

For more information on workshops and how to request one, go to Workshops

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Sexual Wellness Event

The Wellness Center provides up to date information on Sexual Wellness at a number of weekly and annual campus events, including the following:

World AIDS Day – This event is intended to provide students with information and resources on HIV/AIDS, including testing information and sites, and encourages students to take a personal responsibility to stop the spread of HIV.

Safer Spring Break – This event, held the week before students leave for Spring Break, provides students with the tools to stay safe during their vacations in an interactive and fun format.

Wellness Jam – This event is a wellness fair that focuses on educating students, faculty and staff about ways to address the eight dimensions of wellness. On and off campus agencies, student groups and departments provide participants with a variety of wellness information.

Wellness Wednesday Booth - Each week, the Wellness Center provides the UIC community with a wealth of health-related information, on topics ranging from lung cancer and tobacco use to alcohol and sexually transmitted infections.

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UR Questions

Access our frequently asked questions section Sexual Wellness, Pregnancy, and Emergency Contraception.

Do you have a question? Send us your question and we will post your question anonymously and answer it. Send your questions to wellness@uic.edu

You can also drop of anonymous questions at our Wellness Wednesday Booths and access the answers on our website’s UR Questions section.

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