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Health Maintenance and Prevention

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Vaden offers a wide variety of screening, preventive, and reproductive health services. Many of the services can be discussed in a single visit, choose either a “Health Maintenance” visit or the “Gynecological Visit” if you are due for cervical cancer screening (Pap test) or have other gynecological needs. Many of our services can be done via a video or telephone visit or online. 

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  • STI 
    • Services related to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) include screening; if you are at risk but have no symptoms.
    • Confidential HIV testing
    • Testing for symptoms that may indicate the presence of an infection. Treatment for STIs.
    • Education about STI prevention.
    • Most testing will require a urine sample. To ensure accuracy, do not urinate at least one hour before the sample is taken.
    • Your risk of infection is determined by your sexual practices, including the use of barriers, choice of partners, and preventive vaccines. 
    • Medical Services provides HIV testing with a blood test. The lab results are filed in your medical record along with your other test results. Your medical record is confidential, and results will not be released without your permission unless subpoenaed by law. Positive test results for communicable infections, including hepatitis B, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis C, etc. must be reported to the County Department of Public Health. 
  • Blood Pressure 
  • Cholesterol and other lipids
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Prostate cancer, if age appropriate
  • Breast cancer
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Physical examinations 

Vaden offers comprehensive physical examinations for specific needs such as employment, scholarships, programs abroad for a fee. The charge for a physical exam depends upon complexity of the examination you need. Charges vary for X-rays or immunizations. Please call to schedule an appointment.

  • Cervical Cancer Screening (the Pap test)
    • Cervical cancer screening should begin at age 21. Patients under age 21 who need contraception or STI screening may do so without having a cervical cancer screening exam, usually done in the context of a complete gynecological exam.
    • Cervical cancer screening is recommended every three years for patients from age 21 to 29 who are healthy and have had normal exams in the past.  Patients age 30 and older should speak with their provider about whether they should have cervical cancer screenings every five years.
    • Patients with certain risk factors may need more frequent screening, including those who have HIV, are immunosuppressed, or have had abnormal cervical screening test result the past.
    • HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) DNA Testing may also be done with the Pap test, usually beginning at age 30 as per national guidelines.
    • At least 24 hours before your appointment, go to the VadenPatient portal and fill out the confidential web questionnaire. 
    • Bring medications you are taking, including birth control pills. Bring any relevant medical records or past test results. Arrive at least 15 minutes early to prepare for the exam.
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Sexual Health/Reproductive Health Concerns

  • Urinary Problems
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Low Libido
  • Penile Discharge
  •  Scrotal problems
  • Testicular lumps or pain 
  • Hair loss
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Birth Control and Contraceptive Options
  • Referrals for the longer acting and most effectives methods: IUDs or Nexplanon implant insertion. Our Vaden Walgreens offers a full range of prescription contraceptive options
  • Referrals for infertility concerns
  • Emergency contraception (morning-after pill) or consult with a nurse. 
  • Diagnosis of gynecological disorders
  • Sexual Assault

Pregnancy testing, pregnancy management, and pre-conception planning

  • Pre-conception care: If you are considering a pregnancy, please schedule a visit with a Vaden clinician to make sure any medical needs get addressed before conceiving including immunizations and dental needs. Do not try to get pregnant without being on a folic acid supplement to prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida as these defects occur very early in pregnancy – often before the pregnancy is known. If you are pregnant, do not take any prescription or over-the-counter medications, or supplements before checking with a clinician. Do not smoke anything, vape, or use alcohol.
  • Pregnancy Options: If you have an unplanned pregnancy, make an appointment with a health care provider in Medical Services to discuss your options. Counseling and Psychological Services staff are also available to assist and support you. Call 650-498-2336, ext. 1, for Medical Services or ext. 2 for Counseling and Psychological Services. You can also schedule an appointment on the web at the VadenPatient portal. Once your pregnancy has been confirmed, if you decide to continue the pregnancy or have an abortion, we will provide you with a referral. 
    • Stanford Hospital & Clinics Gynecology Clinic: 650.498.5280
    • Menlo Clinic: 650.498.6500
    • Planned Parenthood (no referral needed) Redwood City or Mountain View 877.855.7526
    • Additional options:  students preferring to avoid Vaden involvement – or who are not in the Stanford area – might consider telehealth vendors that provide reproductive health services, two examples being or, among others.  Note that these resources are not affiliated with Stanford, have not been vetted by Stanford, and are not covered under the Campus Health Service Fee or most health insurance plans.
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Appointment Information

If you cannot keep your appointment, please cancel as soon as possible so that another student can use the time slot. Cancel an appointment any time online at the Vaden Patient portal (you will need your SUNet ID). Call 650.498.2336, ext. 1, during office hours to speak with a receptionist. After hours, dial the number and ext. 1; when the recording starts, press 3 and leave a message.