Q: Where can I find reliable information about my health?
A: Since you’re reading this, you’re off to a good start! We (your Student Health Awareness Peer Educators, or SHAPE) will be running a regular column answering common health questions. Additionally, Health Services can be reached here on campus at (508) 793-2276. However, our generation has a tendency to turn to the Internet for information – which makes sense, because it’s a great tool! But don’t just go about googling symptoms! Here are a few reliable sites we recommend:
- GoAskAlice.columbia.edu (a healthcare Q & A forum supported by a team of Columbia University health promotion specialists, health care providers, and other health professionals).
- WebMD.com (a reliable publisher of news and information pertaining to human health).
- MayoClinic.com (The informative website of the Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit medical practice research group based in Minnesota).
- STDwizard.org (a free online STD quiz/risk assessment.)
And remember, the Internet never replaces a trained and licensed professional.