Men’s Health

Columbia Health understands that men may have particular physical, emotional, and sexual health issues and concerns. We are committed to addressing these issues and concerns.

Last reviewed: 1/4/2023

Medical care

Students may schedule an appointment with a medical provider at Medical Services for:

  • Prevention, assessment, and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Genital concerns (e.g., prostate issues, testicular pain, problems with erections, early ejaculation, etc.)
  • Groin strains or other injuries (e.g., hernias)
  • Rectal complaints
  • Contraceptive counseling

Mental health care

Students may schedule an appointment with a provider of their choice at Counseling and Psychological Services to discuss:

  • Stress, depression, or anxiety
  • Relationships
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Sexuality
  • Sleep quality
  • Pornography and internet addiction
  • Managing emotions
  • Eating or body image concerns
  • Gender identity

Additionally, Alice! Health Promotion staff are available to talk with students about their health questions and how to access resources related to (but not limited to) those listed above. If you are not sure where to start, the staff aims to help connect students with information and resources to make informed decisions regarding a broad range of health-related topics. Alice! is also a confidential resource.

Supporting Male Survivors of Violence

Men can be survivors of violence, as adults or as children. They may also be friends, relatives, and partners of survivors. The Sexual Violence Response team is glad to help men better understand the dynamics of violence; we also encourage anyone who is personally dealing with issues related to violence to use the services available.

Contact SVR at 212-854-4357 for information about on- and off-campus resources.

Peer Education and Advocacy

Peer educators are volunteer students committed to violence prevention and education. They plan events for Sexual Assault Awareness (April) and Relationship Violence Awareness (October) months, and facilitate interactive workshops and discussions both on- and off-campus.

Peer educators can help students:

  • Learn about healthy, positive sexuality and relationships
  • Build skills to talk with peers about consent and respect, and to support survivors
  • Explore strategies to intervene in violent or concerning situations in your community
  • Discuss masculinity and issues in men's lives

Peer advocates provide survivors and their supporters with confidential emotional support, accompaniment, and referrals to on- and off-campus resources. They help survivors make informed decisions about their medical, legal, and disciplinary options. Peer advocates receive 40 hours of training and are supervised by advisors at Columbia and Barnard.

Call 212-854-4357 during office hours to contact a peer advocate.

Peer advocates also staff the LGBTQ Support and Sexual Health Peer Counseling group. Meet with a peer advocate during drop-in hours to discuss:

  • Coming out (or not) and other identity concerns
  • Sex and relationships
  • LGBTQ life on campus and in New York City
  • Safer sex