Ask the Nurse

Pan Reich is the Antioch College Nurse.

Previous Submissions:

Volume 66 Issue 3

Q: Can you detail the STI testing and treatment services offered at Antioch?

A: We can test for gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia. The test for syphilis is one tube of blood, which I draw, with results in two days. For men, the test for gonorrhea and chlamydia requires a urine sample, which absolutely must be the first void of the day. So, on Wednesday, get up between 8-9 a.m. and come right over to Pennell before you pee and we’ll get your sample. For women, utilizing a urine sample to test for gonorrhea and chlamydia is not reliably accurate, so we need a direct swab, obtained by Dr. Gronbeck via a GYN exam. Urine and swab results return in about a week. HIV testing is done by the Greene County Health Department, who visit once per term.

Q: Can Antioch offer Plan B overthe-counter at a reduced price?

A: Not being a pharmacy, we are not able to buy Plan B wholesale nor are we licensed to sell medications. After some research, there are some cheaper options for you. Plan B is $46 at Kroger and this seems to be the usual price. The cheapest that I can find is through GoodRx.com, which sells most medications at a discount. Their Plan B is $21.20 plus $6 shipping and the generic version, My Way, is $21.20, shipping included. The downside to GoodRx is that it takes 5-10 days for shipping and Plan B needs to be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex, a broken condom, or a missed birth control medication dose. Within eight hours is best, but within 72 hours should be effective. A quicker discounted option is Town Drug which sells My Way for $36.56. They’re located five blocks from campus and their phone number is (937) 767-1070. If you simply want to be prepared, consider ordering a dose from GoodRx.com to have on hand for you or your friend/s; then whoever uses it can replace the dose. I hope this information has been helpful. Please feel free to visit Dr. G or myself or email me if we can help you in any way! Balance… Pan

Student initiative and voice will have much to do with the progress of on-campus resources for health. Please feel free to email me with your ideas and questions: nurse@antiochcollege.EDU.