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:

  1. 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).
  2. WebMD.com (a reliable publisher of news and information pertaining to human health).
  3. MayoClinic.com (The informative website of the Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit medical practice research group based in Minnesota).
  4. STDwizard.org (a free online STD quiz/risk assessment.)

And remember, the Internet never replaces a trained and licensed professional.

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