Medical Consultation and Treatment
We provide outpatient medical care including diagnosis and treatment of illness or injury. There is no charge for a visit to treat illness or injury; however, your insurance may be used to cover the costs of laboratory tests performed by Medical Services, and to cover x-rays and other outside services. In more complicated cases, referrals may be made to medical specialists who are known to the staff. Liaison is maintained with medical specialists, hospitals, and other agencies to ensure continuity of care.
Medication and Prescriptions
Certain medications can be dispensed by our staff following consultation. If you need to renew a prescription or a new prescription is written, you will need to use your insurance coverage or pay at an outside pharmacy.
After-Hours Nurse Advice Line
The New School now offers an after-hours Nurse Advice Line, available whenever Student Health Services is closed. Experienced nurses and nurse practitioners will provide you with medical guidance, health information, reassurance, decision-making assistance, and referrals. When New School Student Health Services is closed after business hours, during academic recess, or for inclement weather, the Nurse Advice Line will direct you to the appropriate care.
Gynecological examinations and treatment include routine care, reproductive health counseling, and diagnosis of disease. Pap smears and other lab tests can be performed. Emergency contraception is available. There is no charge for routine or urgent women's health visits, but you will need to pay or use your insurance coverage for tests sent to outside laboratories.
Safer Sex and Sexuality Counseling
Both medical and counseling staff are available to help students with any concerns, including those related to sexually transmitted infections (chlamydia, herpes, syphilis, HPV, etc.), sexual function, social and emotional issues, and birth control. In addition, therapists are available to students concerned about sexual relationships, gender issues, or body image. Free condoms and dental dams are available.
Men are encouraged to be active and engaged in their own wellness and health care. Depending on your history, you may benefit from a cholesterol and blood pressure check. A discussion with a medical provider about testicular self-examination may also be useful. There is no charge for a visit to be examined for sexually transmitted infections, but you will need to pay or use your insurance coverage for tests sent to outside laboratories. Contraception and other health prevention measures can be discussed with our staff. All questions and concerns specifically related to your health are welcomed.
Students who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex may have health questions and concerns specific to their sexual orientation or sexual identity that they want to bring up with their medical provider. The staff welcomes all health questions and concerns and strives to create an inclusive and responsive health and wellness service for LGBTQI students.
Some routine laboratory tests are performed on-site at no cost to you. Other tests are sent to an outside lab that will bill you or your health insurance provider.
Health Care Maintenance
We are committed to enhancing the health, well-being, and awareness of health issues of the student population. We provide routine preventive care services, including physical examinations, blood pressure screening, immunizations, nutritional guidance, smoking cessation care, and cholesterol screening. Please note that preventive laboratory testing may not be covered under your insurance plan.
Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Screening
Our providers are knowledgeable and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of STIs. We offer sensitive STI care and counseling as well as screening for STIs including gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, human papilloma virus (HPV), and syphilis.
Condoms are free. After reproductive health counseling, prescriptions can be written for other contraceptive methods, including birth control pills, to be filled at an outside pharmacy. Emergency contraception, advice, and treatment are also available.
We provide vaccinations on-site as part of our focus on prevention. The following vaccines are commonly available: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Meningitis, Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR), Tetanus, and HPV. Flu shots are available in the fall-winter season. The costs of vaccines are charged to your student account. Please call ahead and make an appointment to ensure the vaccine is available at that time or to discuss any questions you have about immunizations.
Additional information about immunizations for adults can be obtained at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/spec-grps/college.htm.
Our medical staff is prepared to provide you with the latest health information and immunization services for travel. If we do not have the vaccines available, our staff will refer your to a local health center that has the medicines you may need for travel. The earlier you prepare for your trip abroad, the better. Please contact Medical Services as soon as you know that you are traveling to determine your travel health requirements. We advise you to schedule appointments eight to 12 weeks before your trip if possible. Please check with your insurance carrier about coverage. Also, bring records of prior immunizations with you to your appointment if available.
Additional information about staying healthy while you are traveling can be obtained at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Travel Health Site at www.cdc.gov/travel.
The Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center (LESHRC) and The New School provide free and confidential HIV testing. No appointment is necessary; service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Mondays, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., June 10 through August 12, 2013
Student Health Services, 80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
No testing is offered when the university is closed and during holidays.
You can always obtain information about HIV test sites in New York City from:
New York City Department of Health
800.TALK.HIV or 212.447.8200 (call for information; multiple testing sites)
Preventing an illness is preferable to treating one. Medical Services offers preventive measures including cholesterol screening, blood pressure monitoring, tuberculosis skin testing (PPD), vision screening, and dental referral. Allergy shots are not available at Student Health Services; referrals to allergists will be made upon request.
Any concerns or medical issues can be discussed with the medical staff. If we cannot address your concern or medical issue, we will give you a referral to an outside provider who can help you. The medical staff are in contact with many providers and specialists in the New York City community.