Safety is sexy – a guide to safer sex on campus

College students have a lot of sex, statistically.

However, students are using fewer and fewer contraceptives and condoms each year. A 2018 study of college students across the country and published in the Journal of Sex Research found that men who were not in a serious relationship and women in a serious relationship showed the greatest decreases in sex. condom use.

Sexual health is more important than ever. Contraceptives and condoms, in particular, help promote safer sex, as they are effective against unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections such as HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia and trichomoniasis.

The term “safe sex” refers to anything that reduces the risk of sexually transmitted infections. While some call it “safe sex”, no type of sex with a partner can be guaranteed to be 100% safe.

Caress Roach, coordinator of health promotion and wellness programs at UNC Student Wellness, emphasized the importance of sex education and the importance of violence prevention coordinators in helping students access the resources they need. For example, the SAFE at UNC program allows anyone to file a report with law enforcement and/or the university, with the ability to report it anonymously.

Sexual Violence Service Coordinators (GVSCs) also provide resources to all students and staff who have been impacted by sexual violence.

“Part of your well-being and well-being, whether you’re someone who identifies as wanting to have sex or not, whether you practice or not, I just want to make sure that all students acquire appropriate knowledge and information that is accurate and relevant to them,” Roach said.

Safer sex supplies are available free of charge at many campuses. Condoms are available in the Student Union bathrooms near Alpine Bagel, and other supplies for safer sex can be found at the Student Stores Pharmacy and Campus Health.

Students can also request safer sex supplies from Resident Advisors (RAs) and Community Directors (CDs).

UNC organizations such as the Healthy Heels Ambassadors (hha!) and Pleasure Activists plan to provide health and wellness-related services in the next semester.

“At hha!, our mission is to inspire change toward better well-being for all through education,” said Brooke Lester, co-chair of Healthy Heels Ambassadors. “Facilitating open discussions about health and wellness is an important part of that.”

The group holds regular workshops on facilitating discussion about important characteristics of healthy relationships, such as communication strategies and defining individual wants, needs and boundaries.

The workshops actively benefit students by providing a safe space for them to comfortably discuss and ask questions about topics related to all dimensions of wellbeing, Lester said.

Naima Cooper, a UNC alumnus and one of the founders of Pleasure Activists, said discussing safer sex is imperative, not just in the UNC community, but around the world.

“If someone wants to have sex, they are worthy and deserve to have a pleasurable experience,” Cooper said. “However, without the proper education or resources, sex can very easily become physically and emotionally damaging.”

Cooper said many students receive very weak or inaccurate sex education from schools, family members, peers and the media because sex is considered taboo. Additionally, Cooper said many students are taught that relationships have a certain appearance.

“That’s why we need to take an active role in de-stigmatizing these conversations, unlearning false and oppressive notions about sex and pleasure, and equipping ourselves with the necessary information on how to practice safer sex,” Cooper added. .

Pleasure activists plan to hold several events during the fall semester, such as workshops on healthy relationships, body confidence, sexual health, boundaries, sex literature, and pole dancing.

For students who want to learn more about sexual health awareness at UNC, Student Wellness offers Sexual Health and Relationship Education (SHARE), which guides students through existing health and relationship resources. sexual health and creates spaces for discussion without judgement. Students can schedule a meeting on the organization’s website.

Free, confidential STI testing is also available to students from Campus Health, the Orange County Health Department, and the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC).

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