At the time you schedule your appointment you will be asked about your recent travel, any known exposure to someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 case, as well as your symptoms. Any student who meets COVID-19 screening criteria will be asked to stay at home, and further instructions will be provided.
Our office hours during the summer are 7:30 am-Noon and 1:00-4:30 pm, Monday -Thursday. Appointment hours differ, according to current staffing levels and student needs. The health center is closed on Fridays during the summer.
The staff of the University Health Center provides a full range of primary care services, including treatment for acute and chronic illnesses, injuries, STDs, routine care such as physicals, and preventive clinical services such as well woman care.
If you have ongoing health care needs and are under the care of your private physician, the University Health Center staff can team with your physician to provide blood pressure checks, or other care as needed for continuity while you are at UCM.
Call 660-543-4770 to schedule an appointment. Urgent cases are seen as soon as possible. Plan ahead for routine care to ensure appointment availability.
Laboratory services help to diagnose your problem and monitor your recovery. Most of the laboratory work is performed at the University Health Center, in our CLIA approved lab, but some special laboratory tests are sent to a reference laboratory for analysis. Charges for laboratory tests may be billed to your personal insurance, paid for at the time of service, or billed to your student account.
HIV testing and testing for other sexually transmitted diseases is available on your request or by order of your physician. As with all medical information, the results are strictly confidential and can not be released without your consent.
For any questions call Neil Helbling, MT(ASCP), Laboratory Technician, at 660-543-4338.
Our Immunization Clinic offers students routine immunizations, including those required for all enrolled students. Visit our Immunization Information page for a list of the required and optional immunizations/vaccines and tests available at the University Health Center, as well as instructions for submitting your immunization records. Please call the front office at 660-543-4770 for more information.
We stock a limited amount of pre-packed prescription medications and only dispense medications that our clinical staff have prescribed. Because medications are pre-packed they're usually ready in 10 minutes or less. Our medication clinic is operated by a Certified Pharmacy Technician, not a pharmacist.
The Medication Clinic does not take prescription insurance; however, our medication
costs are generally lower than most insurance co-pays, and can be paid for at the
time of service by cash, check, credit card, debit card, or can be charged to your
student account. There are also several retail pharmacies in the Warrensburg area
that accept most insurance plans. Talk to our staff about the best option available
for meeting your prescription needs.
A wide variety of over the counter medications are also available at very reasonable
prices, such as pain relievers, cough syrup, etc.
The Medication Clinic is typically open when the University Health Center is open. It has limited hours during semester breaks and is closed when the University is closed for holidays or other closings. Plan ahead to be sure you have an adequate supply of medication to carry you through any closings.
For questions not answered here, call Kourtney Dutton, CPhT at 660-543-4628; if leaving a message, please be sure to include your name, 700# and date of birth.
STI stands for sexually transmitted infection from diseases that are spread during vaginal, oral, or anal sex. If you have an STI, you are not alone. Millions of people, from students to executives, get STIs every year. Some STIs can be cured, some controlled, and all can be prevented. You're the key.
Everyone who is sexually active is at risk. You can reduce this risk by learning more about STIs.
First: Protect Yourself
Using male condoms, female condoms and dental dams during sex reduces your risk of getting an STI and spreading an STI if you have already contracted an infection. Also, limiting yourself to one sexual partner greatly reduces your risk of an STI.
Prevention is the key to protecting yourself from an STI. If you think you have an STI seek medical attention for early intervention and treatment. Most important, remember to make healthy choices for your body. It's the only one you have!
Second: Educate Yourself
Learn all you can about STIs, use protection, and get checked regularly.
Chlamydia is a very common STI. Most people have very few symptoms with this infection. There can be no symptoms, or mild symptoms, such as odorless discharge, mild burning, but if left untreated it can be severe for women. Women can develop Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) and this causes infertility because of scarring to the fallopian tubes.
If chlamydia is found early, it can be successfully treated with antibiotics. Since women rarely know they have a problem, it is important for a man who has been infected to tell his partner quickly.
Vaginitis is a group of diseases that affect women. The three most common are trichomoniasis, yeast infection, and bacterial vaginosis. Although women have the symptoms, men can be carriers of these infections. If a female has any of these infections, her partner should also be treated.
Trichomoniasis produces a frothy yellow discharge and can have itching and burning. The discharge may have an odor.
Yeast infections (Genital Candidiasis) produce cottage cheese like discharge and can itch intensely.
Bacterial vaginosis causes a grayish-white discharge, that is watery and strong smelling.
Note: With yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis your partner may not need to be treated. If you have symptoms of any of these, seek medical help.
Gonorrhea If left untreated, both men and women can become sterile. Men may have a discharge, painful urination, or both. Women often have no symptoms early in the infection, but can later have discharge, abdominal pain, and fever. Gonorrhea can be treated with antibiotics.
Syphilis If left untreated syphilis can cause heart and brain damage, or even death. The first symptom is usually a painless sore that may not be noticed. Later symptoms include rash and fever. Free and confidential testing is available at the University Health Center for this infection. Syphilis is very serious but can be treated with antibiotics.
Pubic Lice (phthirus pubis), also known as "crabs," is an infestation of a small yellowish gray louse in the pubic hair. After a blood feeding, in which the louse buries its head under the skins surface, it becomes a red rust color. It lays eggs called "nits" at the base of the hair shaft. It is spread through close physical contact.
Some people can have allergic reactions to the lice bites and experience intense itching. Others may have no symptoms at all. Pubic lice can be eliminated with treatment.
HIV and AIDS
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) weaken the bodie's ability to fight disease and infection. Many people with HIV have no symptoms, but they can still spread the virus. This virus is spread through infected blood, semen, and vaginal fluids that enter the body.
A person with HIV may later present with symptoms of swollen glands, fever, night sweats, severe fatigue, and weight loss. When pneumonia and other symptoms appear, a diagnosis of AIDS is made.
Free and Confidential Testing
If you think that you have been exposed to HIV, get tested. Encourage your partner
to get tested also. Testing is free and confidential at the University Health Center.
Call and ask for the lab to schedule an appointment.
Millions of Americans have herpes. A person can spread herpes even when they do not have symptoms. Many people may only have one break out of herpes lesions, while others may have repeat outbreaks.
Symptoms of herpes include one or more fluid filled blisters that open into sores. The sores may be itchy or painful and can be located around the mouth, sex organs, and buttocks. Swollen glands usually form around the groin area.
Herpes is a virus that can not be cured but can be treated. If you think you have herpes seek medical help.
Also called Condyloma, genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). The warts are often so tiny they are hard to see. Genital warts can lead to cell changes in women and can cause cervical cancer if not treated. The warts can be flat or shaped like little cauliflowers. They can grow on the penis, vagina, cervix, rectum, mouth, or throat. You may have the virus for months before any warts appear.
The smaller the warts the easier they are to remove. If you think you have genital warts seek medical attention for early intervention and treatment.
Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus. It is found in most of the bodily fluids of someone infected with the illness. Only 1/3 of people infected with Hep B develop full-blown symptoms; because of this it is difficult to know whether your partner is infected or not.
Symptoms of the illness include, loss of appetite, tiredness, nausea, jaundice (yellowing of skin and/or eyes), and dark urine.
Some people recover after a few months and develop natural immunities while others may become carriers of the virus for the rest of their lives. If you are at risk for hepatitis B, a vaccine for prevention is available.
Burning In men and women: A burning, especially with urination.
Lumps or Bumps In men and women: Lumps or bumps and other skin changes near the sex organs may be genital warts, herpes, or syphilis.
Itching In men and women: Itching in or around the sex organs may be herpes, scabies, or crabs.
Sores In men and women: Painful or itchy sores on or near the sex organs may be herpes. Painless sores can be syphilis.
Abdominal Pain In women: Abdominal pain may mean pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), chlamydia, gonorrhea, or other infections.
No Symptoms Some symptoms don't show up for months, even years. If you think you have been exposed to an STI, seek medical care.