The goal of University Health Services is to educate students about healthy sexuality and empower you to make decisions that keep you safe, healthy, and successful, including the choice not to have sex. If you choose to be sexually active, playing safe means:
Use condoms every time you have oral, anal, or vaginal sex. Know where to get condoms and how to use them correctly. Condoms are the only contraceptive method that also protects you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Choose a birth control method that works for you and your partner(s).
Get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to protect you from genital warts and cancer.
Talk with your partner(s) about healthy sexuality, including STI testing, pregnancy prevention, and consent. Learn how to build and maintain a healthy relationship.
Get tested regularly for STIs. Many STIs don't cause any symptoms, so getting tested is the only way to know for sure if you or your partner has an STI.
For more information about healthy sexuality and relationships, please explore the healthy sexuality links on this page.