LGBTQIA+ Health

Habif Health and Wellness Center is passionate about providing high quality ​​services in a caring environment that is affirming of all​ sexual orientations and gender identities.

Personal Gender Pronouns and Chosen Names

We strive to honor the identities of students by using personal gender pronouns (PGP) and chosen names. Students can add or change their chosen name in WebSTAC. Once this is done the information will flow into the Habif system, and we use will your chosen name while caring for you. If you have not yet added your name into WebSTAC, please let us know during your first visit to Habif.

Your legal name and sex assigned at birth are required, however, for certain medical​ documents.

Why does Habif need my full, legal name?

Habif Health and Wellness Center must have your legal name on all medical documents because they are legal documents. Habif will have a place holder in your medical record for your preferred name. We will need to identify you by your legal name on certain occasions during your visit but will use your preferred name when possible.

Why must my sex be used for medical visits instead of my gender identity?

A person’s birth sex is a primary state of anatomic or physiologic parameters. Physiological change is different between the male and female sex. Medical conditions between males and females are often different between the two sexes and may require different forms of treatment. Some lab values are also reported differently between the sexes. Habif will recognize your preferred gender but will use your sex for your legal medical document and treatments.

Ongoing Training

In order to provide the best care possible, Habif clinicians participate in ongoing training in caring for LGBTQIA students including Safe ZonesMetro Trans Umbrella Group and the Transgender Spectrum Conference​.​​

Mental Health Services

To care for the mental health and well-being of our students, we provide a variety of services including counseling and psychiatry, couples counseling (MHS clinicians are fluent in polyamory and are welcoming of all types of relationships),  group counseling, the Let’s Talk program and TAO.

Our clinicians provide a safe and confidential space for students to explore identity, gender, sexuality, intersectionality, relationships, coming out and more. Learn how to schedule your first appointment.

If you have any questions about our services, please contact Jenny King at 314-935-6695.

Primary Care ​Services

Preventive Care

Routine physicals, pap smears, immunizations available by appointment

Acute Episodic Care

Same-day appointments or walk-in for urgent medical illnesses/injuries

STI Screening

Available by appointment at Habif; off-campus screenings available at the SPOT​

PREP

Providers at Habif will evaluate and follow patients who are at increased risk for HIV. Book an appointment with your provider to discuss pre-exposure prophylaxis.

Health Promotion Services

  • Fliers and handouts in Habif Center waiting area and Zenker Wellness Suite in Sumers Recreation Center
  • Safer Sex supplies available in exam rooms, waiting area and at the Zenker Wellness Suite in Sumers Recreation Center​
  • Free STI screening clinic once/semester in the DUC
  • LGBTQIA Sex in the Dark once/year
  • Various health promotion events​ throughout the year, e.g., “Queering Mental Health” in conjunction with OPEN, SafeZones and Pride

Services for Trans Students

Gender Identity Consultations and Hormone Therapy

For students over 18 years of age, we can provide recommendation letters and insurance referral for hormone therapy. To begin this process at Habif, call Habif’s mental health services coordinator at 314-935-6695 to schedule a gender identity consultation.

During the consultation, a counselor will gather information on your gender and sexual identity history, assess your overall mental health, and provide education on potential effects of masculinizing/feminizing hormones. The counselor can also help you plan for your transition and provide transition resources in the community such as Metro Trans Umbrella Group.

If appropriate, the counselor will provide documentation recommending hormone therapy and will refer you to an MD from our medical team to establish a point of contact here and provide an insurance referral for hormone therapy. The Endocrinology service at Barnes Jewish Hospital is available to students wishing to initiate or continue hormone treatment for transitioning.

Please note that MHS clinicians provide documentation supporting hormone therapy only within the context of a treatment relationship. It can take several sessions before a clinician can assess whether hormone therapy is a necessary clinical intervention.

Our counselors provide care and documentation according to World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People.

Please check with your insurance provider to see if they cover these services.  For Washington University Student Health Insurance​, call UHC Customer Service: 866-346-4826.

The following sites provide detailed information on hormone therapy:
Hormones: A Guide for MTFs (PDF)
Hormones: A Guide for FTMs​ (PDF)

​Mental Health Services Web Resources

Campus Resources

LGBTQIA Campus Life
Gender Inclusive Restroom Map (PDF)
​Washington University in St. Louis Preferred Name Policy​​
Report Bias/Discrimination​

Local Resources

Metro Trans Umbrella Group
PROMO – Personal Rights of Missourians, activist organization
SAGE – Service and Advocacy for LGBTQ Elders
Growing American Youth​– Social support for LGBTQIA youth under 21
Safe Connections – Domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and support
St. Louis Effort for AIDS – HIV/AIDS advocacy, support and education
Food Outreach – Nutritional support to individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS
Pride St. Louis – Local organization putting on PrideFest​​​​ every June
Team St. Louis – LGBTQIA – inclusive sports teams
Frontrunners​ –  Non-competitive club for allies and LGBT runners and walkers

National Resources

Asexual Visibility and Education Network
Bisexual Resource Center
Bisexual.org 
Exploring Identities UNC
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
GLBT Near Me
Healthy Bodies, Safer Sex (PDF)​
Human Rights Campaign
Intersex Society of North America
It Gets Better Project
It’s Pronounced Metrosexual
Lambda Legal
National Center for Transgender Equality
PFLAG
Planned Parenthood Sexuality and Gender
Resources for Questioning Youth
Safe Zone Project
Sexual Orientation and Coming Out
Transgender Law Center
Trevor Project