Free Clinical Services

The Health Center at Auraria offers a variety of services at no charge regardless of insurance coverage. Many of these exclusive free services are often times not typically a covered benefit with Insurance Plans. These services are available to all AHEC, CCD, MSU Denver and CU Denver students, faculty and staff.

Free services include:

  • Academic Vital Signs
  • Flu Vaccination
  • HIV Testing
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Prescriptive Rehabilitation
  • Tobacco Cessation

Academic Vital Signs is a program designed to connect students to academic and personal resources, as early as possible, to enhance the likelihood of academic success. Any Auraria student can simply stop by the Health Center at Auraria without an appointment and request to meet with one of the Academic Referral Coordinators, who will make connections with the most appropriate institutional resources based on the student’s needs. Students do not need to be a patient at the Health Center at Auraria to access this service. It is important for students to seek help when they first determine that some type of academic or personal assistance may be beneficial. Additionally, the Health Center at Auraria medical providers automatically integrate an academic vital signs checkup into each clinical visit as an additional strategy to assess if a student may be in of assistance.

Every flu season the Health Center at Auraria provides free flu vaccinations for Auraria Campus Constituents, this includes all AHEC, CCD, MSU Denver and CU Denver students, faculty and staff. We encourage you to get your vaccination at your earliest opportunity to get the maximum protection. There are no more flu vaccinations available on campus. If you are interested in receiving a flu vaccination, please visit an off campus resource. Check back in Fall 2018 for the updated flu clinic schedule. 

Flu Vaccine Information

The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months or older. Each flu season is different, and the flu can affect people differently. An annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting the flu and spreading it to others.

The flu changes from season to season and the yearly flu vaccine protects against three or four different flu strains each year. Flu vaccinations can prevent you from getting sick with the flu and may make your illness milder if you do get sick. It takes approximately 2 weeks after your flu vaccination for antibodies to develop and provide protection against the influenza virus. 

Preventing the Flu

  • The best way to prevent the flu is to get a yearly flu vaccination.
  • Wash your hands using warm soap and water or use hand sanitizer
  • Cough/Sneeze into your sleeve elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Limit close contact with people who are sick.

Symptoms

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

More information about the flu from the CDC. 

HIV Testing

Free Confidential Rapid HIV testing is available at the Health Center at Auraria. You can walk-in for an HIV test during normal business hours. Allow up to 60 minutes to complete your visit. (Please note: that there may be a wait time associated with receiving the test based upon scheduled appointments.)

 

We encourage you to get tested if:

  • You’ve never been tested and you’re sexually active.
  • You’re sexually active and it’s been one year since your last HIV test.
  • You’ve had sex without a condom since your last HIV test.
  • You’ve had a condom break during sexual activity.
  • You’ve shared needles or works.

 

The Test

The Health Center offers the Uni-Gold test that requires a small collection of blood through a finger prick. This test detects HIV antibodies and a Medical Assistant will conduct the test.

The Health Center offers confidential testing. This requires that you provide your name, address, email and phone number and the results will be included in your medical record.

There are a variety of additional clinics that offer confidential or anonymous testing. Anonymous testing means that you do not give your name or contact information. You are given a code of letters and numbers that your test is identified by.

 

The Results

It is important to keep in mind that most HIV tests are looking for HIV antibodies which can take up to 3 months to develop and become detectable. This is known as the Window Period. If you may have been exposed to HIV during the 3 months prior to the HIV test it is recommended that you receive testing again in 3 months. 

During the window period, and despite a negative test result, an HIV-infected person may transmit the virus to others.

For all positive testing results a second confirmatory test will be conducted to rule out the occurrence of a false-positive test result. This test is a blood test and results will take 5 business days. In the case of a confirmed positive result the Health Center coordinates services including counseling, resources and possibly transfer of care.

 

Additional Testing Resources:

Confidential Testing Sites

Denver Public Health

(303) 602-8710

605 Bannock St., 5th Floor

Denver, CO 80204

 

Tri-County Health Department

(303) 363-3018 x6

Multiple Locations

 

Anonymous Testing Sites

Denver Public Health ($25 fee)

(303) 602-8710

605 Bannock St., 5th Floor

Denver, CO 80204

 

Find additional testing sites by

Text: Text Zip Code to KnowIT(566948)

Web: www.cdc.gov/hiv/testing

The Health Center at Auraria offers free nutrition consultations with Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN). The RDNs can support you, provide recommendations, and answer your questions whether you are trying to manage a chronic condition, lose or gain weight, optimize athletic performance or develop a personalized healthy eating routine.

What to Expect

We are a judgment free “zone” and we are dedicated to supporting and collaborating with you. The first appointment may be up to one hour in length, with follow-up visits being shorter. Before the first visit, you will be asked to complete a nutrition goals form. During the visit you’ll meet with the RDN and, with your consent, a nutrition student intern. After the visit, you’ll be asked to complete an evaluation form.

During most appointments a student intern will be in the appointment and, if you are interested, will contact you for continued support. After your initial appointment an action plan will be recommended including dietary information and recommendations for free follow-up visits. 

Call 303-615-9999 to schedule an appointment.

Hours:

Mondays 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Wednesdays 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Thursdays 9:00am - 3:00pm

Tobacco Cessation

FREE to all Auraria Students, Faculty and Staff

 

If you’re ready to quit using tobacco the Health Center at Auraria can connect you to tobacco cessation resources. Accessing the proper tools and support can increase your chances to become tobacco free. The Tobacco Cessation program is designed to tailor a program to your individual lifestyle and needs. If you have ever considered eliminating the use of tobacco in your life, now is the time to take advantage of this exclusive Auraria Campus service.

 

Schedule an Initial Visit

Individuals interested in receiving tobacco cessation assistance can call the Health Center at Auraria to schedule a tobacco cessation intake appointment. This free, confidential and one-on-one tobacco cessation support is available to all Auraria students, faculty and staff. Participants will meet with the support coach who will assist in assessing your level of tobacco use, select a quit plan and establish coping strategies as you embark on your tobacco cessation journey. The support coach will also be available to you throughout your journey to offer assistance and insights to better ensure your success.

Hours: 

Mondays 8:00am - 12:00pm, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Tuesdays 9:30am – 12:00pm, 2:00pm-5:00pm

Wednesdays 10:00am – 12:00pm

Fridays: 8:00am – 3:00pm

Health Center at Auraria Tobacco Cessation Office Visits

Three free tobacco cessation office visits with a medical provider are provided at the Health Center at Auraria. These sessions will be used to discuss which medication options will be right for you and are scheduled after your intial intake appointment. 

Tobacco Cessation Medications

Combined with support coach services, tobacco cessation medications improve your chances of successfully eliminating tobacco usage. The Health Center at Auraria will pay for 100% of the cost of a medication for up to a three month supply, according to appropriate medical usage guidelines. The value of these medications for a three month supply range from $150 to $700 contingent on the selected medication and the value of the three free medical provider visits is $200. 

Available Medications

Chantix ® (Varenicline) • Nicotine Gum •
Nicotine Patch • Wellbutrin® (Bupropion)