LGBTQ Services

Student Health recognizes that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students have health concerns that are the same as other students. However, other issues may be different and require a greater understanding or specific information or programs.

This section does not cover all services available to you as a UCSB student. Please browse the website, for a more complete picture. However, this section does address some areas that may be of specific interest or concern.

Suggestions/Complaints:

We welcome your input on how we can improve our services related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students.
email: shsstudenthealth@sa.ucsb.edu

For more information call (805) 893-3371

Medical Care:

We have an outpatient medical facility where you can see a doctor or nurse practitioner about any health issue, from acne and headaches to sexually transmitted infections and HIV-related illnesses. Management of gynecological care is available for women of all sexual orientations. Health educators and nutritionists help students with stress-related health problems, nutrition concerns, and sexuality issues.

Preventive services such as HIV PrEP and self-directed STI testing are readily available.

Transgender Students:

The primary care clinics provide general medical care, including women's health care, for the prevention and treatment of illness and injury. SH clinicians can also refer clients to other providers such as physician specialists and physical therapists. Students considering hormonal treatment and reassignment surgery are generally referred to specialists. In some instances, our clinicians may be able to refill hormone prescriptions received from another provider.

genderneutral graphicStudent Health is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all students. For your comfort, we have these single bathrooms available within our building:

- Granada Clinic Waiting Room (no gender specified)
- Sierra Clinic (separate male and female, connected to lab for specimen collection)
- Riviera Clinic (behind Information Desk, no gender specified)
- Physical Therapy (inside clinic, no gender specified)
- Health & Wellness Hallway (no gender specified)

Student Health Insurance:

The University requires all students to have major medical insurance, and SHS provides Gaucho Health Insurance  (GHI) to meet that requirement. GHI benefits include coverage for procedures or treatments to change characteristics of the body to those of the opposite sex, according to plan guidelines and necessity criteria. See: Gaucho Health Insurance for more information about coverage.

About Confidentiality:

Your appointments with clinicians, counselors, and other SHS staff are confidential. By law, your parents, friends, professors and other school officials do not have access to your SH records.

Medical Records:

The only way that someone may know about your appointment is if you tell them, you give us written permission to release information, or we are required by law.

Counseling Records:

Like medical records, these are protected by law. In addition, counseling records are kept separately from medical records.

 

About the SHS Staff:

John LandesbergJohn M. Landsberg, M.D. had been the main primary care doctor for transgender medicine in the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department since 1986, and he recently retired but is delighted to work part-time at Student Health and focus his practice for us serving this population. He received his medical degree from Albany Medical College in upstate New York, and did his postgraduate residency training in Family Medicine at New England Medical Center outside Boston. He is well-respected in the local medical community, and comes highly recommended.

Dr. Landsberg currently has appointments available on Tuesday and Thursday early mornings, and Friday afternoons. Students can make appointments with him by calling (805) 893-3087;  You can also leave a message for him there. Alternatively, you can email him through “Gateway” on the Student Health website.