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Student Health and Counseling offers specialized care for sexual health, including: 

  • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) and HIV Testing: STI screening is recommended for ALL sexually active individuals, even without symptoms. The majority of STIs go unnoticed and don’t show signs or symptoms until months or even years later, which is why regular screening is important. As a reminder, the Penn Student Insurance Plan (PSIP) covers sexual health counseling and/or screening, so there is no direct cost for these services. For students NOT on PSIP, we offer low-cost STI screening ranging from $10-$30 per test.
  • Sexual Health Education: Our Public Health and Wellbeing team provides an online sexual health education program. This 6-week self-help program can help you improve your sexual health and sexual relationships with information, tips, and resources emailed directly to you every week. All Penn students are invited to participate.
  • Reproductive Care: reproductive care and treatment is provided through Student Health and Counseling, including contraceptives, referrals for fertility treatments and abortion care, and more.
  • Abortion Services: Despite the overturning of Roe vs. Wade, Penn students seeking abortions will continue to be referred to safe and reputable abortion providers at clinics in the Philadelphia area. Safe abortions are still legal in the state of Pennsylvania and in the City of Philadelphia.

Reproductive Health and Abortion Care FAQ

To schedule an appointment, call 215-746-WELL (9355).


The University of Penn has dedicated treatment and support resources for those who have experienced sexual assault. For more information about resources, policies, and reporting options, visit Penn Violence Prevention.

Student Health and Counseling Support

can provide medical evaluations, mental health support, and treatment to victims/survivors of sexual and relationship violence, regardless of whether they make a report or seek additional resources. Both male and female providers can perform examinations, discuss testing and treatment of sexually transmissible infections, provide emergency contraception if necessary, and arrange for referrals and follow up. All services are confidential. Office visits are covered in full by the Clinical Fee and the Penn Student Insurance Plan (PSIP). Charges for lab tests related to a sexual assault are waived.

Forensic Rape Examinations

Student Health and Counseling does not perform forensic rape examinations, however, students are referred to the Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center (PSARC), which is designated to provide forensic rape examinations to victims of sexual assault. Members of the Penn community can receive transportation and accompaniment to PSARC by Special Services in the Division of Public Safety. It is recommended that students who wish to pursue legal action, or may want to pursue legal action in the future, receive this examination, which includes a collection of evidence. During this examination, victims can receive treatment for injuries and sexually transmitted infections as well as emergency contraception.  In order to preserve evidence, victims are advised not to smoke, eat, drink, bathe, douche, brush their teeth, or change their clothes prior to receiving the exam. However, doing any of the above does not mean an exam cannot be performed. While it is highly recommended that victims receive an exam within 72 hours of an assault, there is no official time limit after which an exam cannot be performed. *Please note that forensic rape examinations cannot be performed at any local hospital unless the victim is being treated there for injuries that are so severe they are considered medically unstable.