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The Student Center for Health and Counseling—A Place for Students to Turn to

By Kelsey Jacobson

With Sexual Responsibility Week right around the corner students are once again reminded of how important it is to be safe. The Student Center for Health and Counseling on campus, located in Cedar, wants students to know about their free birth control options and STI Testing.

This year’s Sexual Responsibility Week will include a romantic bedroom display, where students can pledge to ask for consent by writing on a bedroom display sheet. Lifestyle Educators will be present comparing different brands of condoms and students will be able to weigh in by taking a survey. They will also be giving away Safe Sex Kits which will include a personal lubricant, two condoms, and information about the Student Center for Health and Counseling and BSU’s Its On Us campaign to put a stop to sexual assault.

The Minnesota Family Program is offered through the Student Center for Heath and Counseling so students will need to fill out a short application and provide a picture ID and a birth certificate or passport. If you are currently working, you will need to bring in your pay stub from the previous month as well. Students will then have the option to apply for Minnesota Care if the Family Program is not right for them. International Students will need to apply by using their BSU ID and their Bemidji address to qualify for insurance.

Birth control options offered by the Student Center for Health and Counseling include: birth control pills, the NuvaRing, the Depo-Provera Birth Control Shot, IUDs, and free condoms. Birth control is not just for those who are sexually active. It can also help with acne and for women who have difficult periods each month. The Student Center for Health and Counseling also offers STI Testing, which includes testing for HIV, chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

Jennifer Fraik, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner at the Student Center for Health and Counseling, wants students to know this is a fast and effective way to get free birth control and STI testing without the wait and hassle of any other clinic in Bemidji, and is also personalized for students.

“You don’t have to go out of your way—it’s just here,” said Mercideze VanBruggen who works for the Student Center for Health and Counseling and is a part of Lifestyle Educators.