Frequently Asked Questions
Health Education staff are available to help you answer a variety of questions across health topics. If you have questions, start with the list below. Our team is always available to talk and connect you with resources should you need more information.
Where can I get condoms on campus?
Condoms are consistently located in the residence halls, the Center for Student Health and Well-Being, the Health Education Office, the Lavender Lounge and the Sexual Wellness Vending Machine (located in the Alvarez College Union).
Can I get birth control prescribed to me on campus?
Yes. For a general overview of all contraceptive methods available, please set up a meeting with a member of our staff. If you know what method you’d like to use or to renew a pre-existing prescription, please make an appointment with the Center for Student Health and Well-Being.
Where can I get emergency contraception?
You can find emergency contraception in the Sexual Wellness Vending Machine (located in the Alvarez College Union), at the Center for Student Health and Well-Being or CVS.
- Fun fact: James Trussell, creator of Plan-B Emergency Contraception, is a Davidson alumnus.
How can I get tested for sexually transmitted infections?
The Health Education Office collaborates with the Mecklenburg County Health Department to bring in free and confidential STI testing once per month. Students are welcome to come to the Health Education office on those days without any appointment. There is still STI testing available on the other days of the month. Students can be tested in the Student Health Center by making an appointment.
Should I get tested for STIs if I don’t have any symptoms?
If you have had a sexual encounter, you should get tested for sexually transmitted infections—regardless of if you have symptoms or not. Many of the infections common among college-aged students actually do not have any symptoms.
Should I get tested for STIs if I have never had any sexual encounters?
We appreciate your enthusiasm for getting tested, but please know that if you have not had a sexual encounter you have not been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection.
I’m confused about a sexual experience I had; I’m scared I may have been assaulted. Who can I talk to about this?
We are so sorry you are in this position; you can absolutely come talk to us about it. Please reach out to a member of our team, and they can help you talk through this and provide support. You can also reach out to any staff or faculty member who you trust and they can help connect you to resources. If you are not ready to talk to someone about your experience, you may find the Sexual Misconduct Flow-Chart helpful.
I’m worried my friend is drinking too much alcohol, what should I do?
I am abstinent and substance-free, is this office still relevant to me?
Yes! The Health Education office oversees a myriad of outreach and education initiatives that cover a range of topics. One of the major ways that all students interact with this office is through the two online pre-matriculation courses—each of which cover valuable information inclusive of all beliefs and behaviors.
I am having an issue and I don’t know who to talk to about it, what should I do?
Georgia Ringle and Gloria Fortuna are confidential sources and are happy to meet to talk through any issue you may be facing. Both can help connect you to relevant resources for sustained support. Reach out to a member of our team to set up a meeting.
What’s the deal with Green Dot?
Green Dot Davidson launched Spring 2018 and aims to prevent power-based personal violence from happening. The Green Dot Davidson team, comprised of staff and faculty from nearly every corner of campus, hosts trainings and overviews for all members of the Davidson College community. Read more about Green Dot at Davidson. Please reach out to a member of our team for more information.