WHAP / Women's Sexual Health and Birth Control Peer Counseling
The Women’s Health Advocacy Project (WHAP) was founded in 2015 by student volunteers at GHAP with the mission to provide more comprehensive sexual health peer counseling. GHAP and WHAP operate out of the same offices, and all of our WHAP Advocates are also trained GHAP Advocates – clients have the benefit of accessing the services of both GHAP and WHAP in one session.
WHAP welcomes everyone at Columbia, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. WHAP Advocates are available during GHAP / WHAP drop-in hours to listen, offer support and connect you to additional resources. No appointment is necessary.
Students come to WHAP to discuss:
- Birth control options
- Emergency contraception (“morning after pill”)
- Pregnancy testing
- Gynecologic health
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Anatomy and physiology (menstrual cycle, conception)
- Pleasure and communication
- GHAP’s services (including HIV testing & treatment)
- Anything else on your mind
WHAP Advocates are undergraduate, graduate and professional school students at Columbia who undergo an intensive training and are supervised regularly by professional staff. Advocates are HIPAA- certified and required to uphold the strictest levels of confidentiality. In the rare case that a student recognizes a WHAP Advocate, a different Advocate would be made available.