What is Sexual Health?
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines sexual health as a state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality. Sexuality includes physical, ethical, social, spiritual, psychological, and emotional dimensions and is a natural, healthy part of being human.
The Student Health Center provides education about and access to a wide variety of contraceptive methods. Students can make an appointment to meet with a doctor or nurse practitioner, to discuss contraceptive methods, and to get a prescription, if necessary, for their contraceptive choice. When it comes to contraception it is helpful to use both a barrier method and hormonal contraception to help prevent both STIs and pregnancy. Visit our Safer Sex Station on the first floor of the Student Health Center to have access to free safer sex supplies or place an individual order through the Individual Order Request
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The Center for Wellness Promotion offers following sexual health services:
- The Safer Sex Station, located on the Upper Level of the Student Health Center across from the Pharmacy, provides a wide range of fee safer sex supplies for students. Any student organization or department requesting Safer Sex Supplies in a large quantity should contact the Center for Wellness Promotion.
- Free confidential HIV Testing on the 2nd Tuesday and 4th Thursday of every month at the Student Health Center. Call 704-687-7400 to schedule an appointment.
- Educational workshops and trainings on sexual and reproductive health and healthy relationships.
BASIC STEPS TO SEXUAL HEALTH:
- Know your STI/HIV status by getting tested for sexually transmitted infections and HIV.
- Get and give consent with your partner(s).
- Avoid using alcohol and other drugs before and during sexual intercourse.
- Have regular medical check-ups/annual exams.
- Communicate with your partner(s) about safer sex practices, including barrier methods for disease and pregnancy prevention, and birth control methods.