Did you know that one in four college students have an STI!? Yup. The most common STIs to show up in college students are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HPV. So, what’s a college student to do? Have great sex with safer sex.
Use protection. Using barrier methods like male or female condoms, dental dams, gloves, etc. is the best way to protect yourself (and your partner) against STIs. When using a condom, always remember to use a water or silicone based lubricant. Oil based lubricants can weaken a condom, which makes them more likely to tear or break. Free condoms are available at the Women’s Center (2nd floor, Lawrence) and Student Health Services (ground floor, Commonwealth Hall).
Have open communication with your partner. Having open and honest conversations about sex is great for a number of reasons- you can find out about STI status/testing history, make sure everyone is on the same page with protection, and find out what your partner likes and consents to.
Stay educated! Know your STI facts! Know how to protect yourself and your partners, and be aware of different ways STIs can be transmitted and symptoms.
Get screened for STIs. “If I had something I would know it” does not apply here. Many people with STIs show no signs of infection. Some STIs like gonorrhea and chlamydia if left untreated can lead to infertility, so make sure to get tested on a regular basis. STI testing can be done at Student Health Services or Planned Parenthood, or you can join us for Get Yourself Tested Day (GYT) to get free chlamydia and gonorrhea testing and a t-shirt.
10/26 | 10:00a-2:00p
Written by Christina Gantt, Peer Educator