Many college students are left ill-informed about safer sex and more at risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies because of a lack of access to valid information about sexual health. Understanding the facts about STIs, pregnancy, testing, and prevention is relevant to everyone. Even if you do not consider yourself sexually active, you can share this information.
- Abstinence is the only 100% proven effective way not to get an STI. But when abstinence ends, awareness should begin. Knowledge of protection is not permission
- Condoms used consistently and correctly provide the best protection against STIs
- Just as with getting tested, it’s important to talk with your partner about using condoms before you engage in sexual activity and to use condoms every time you have sex to prevent STIs
- Free condoms, dental dams, and lubricant can be obtained at the Health Center
- If you have had sex without using a condom even once, then you are at risk of having an STI
- At the Health Center, we offer testing, diagnosis and treatment for a variety of STIs, usually a simple urine test is all that is needed
- Both males and females should consider getting the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and Hepatitis B vaccines.
- Women are recommended to have a Pap test at age 21. All of these services are available for students at the Health Center.
Depending on what type of sex you are having and with whom, pregnancy may also be a concern. Using birth control can decrease the possibility of an unplanned pregnancy.
At the Health Center, a number of birth control methods are available for TU students:
- Birth control pills
- Emergency Contraception (Plan B and Ella)
- Nuva Ring
- Depo-Provera shots
- Condoms (male and female) - Free
- Birth control education and counseling
- Use water based lubricants as oil based will break down rubber
- Hold rim of condom after intercourse so it does not slip off when removing the penis from the vagina
- If put it on backwards throw it out! The condom could have pre-ejaculate (pre-cum) on the tip
- Check expiration date
- Keep in cool, dry place
- Leave space at the tip
People have used birth control methods for thousands of years. Today, there are a variety of birth control methods that are safe, convenient, and effective. The trick is finding the method that works best for you. A great place to start is to learn about each method, carefully evaluating its effectiveness, side effects, and method for proper use.
Only you can decide what is best for you. And we're here to help. A health educator at the Health Center can discuss all of your birth control options with you and help you get the birth control you need.