Sexual Health at University
We have officially launched our #ProtectYourPackage campaign! This is our effort to spread awareness of sexual health at university for new students. We are giving away thousands of free condoms at universities across the UK. We know it’s not something most people like to talk about, but it can be a big part of the university experience and doesn’t need to be daunting or embarrassing.
Top 5 sexual health tips
Get tested regularly
It’s good to get regular checkups for STDs. You can find your nearest NHS sexual health clinic here: https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/sexual-health/find-a-sexual-health-clinic
Ask for help
There’s nothing to be ashamed of if you have any questions or need advice about sexual health. The NHS run a free national sexual health helpline, which you can reach on 0300 123 7123. All calls are completely confidential.
Be on the same page
Make sure you and your partner are on the same page about protection. In the heat of the moment you might forget or feel embarrassed to discuss it, but it’s always worth bringing up the topic of protection.
Don’t ignore symptoms
You can find a full list of STD symptoms here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sexually-transmitted-infections-stis/ Don’t be embarrased to talk to a professional about your symptoms. They may painful or uncomfortable but can usually be treated easily.
Consent is key
Consent is an essential part of sexual health and communication of consent is key. Just because you give permission for one thing to happen, like a kiss, doesn’t mean you’ve automatically consented to other kinds of sexual behaviour. The same goes for your partner – always ask, never presume. Drugs and alcohol can affect someone’s ability to consent, if your partner if under the influence of any substances, make sure to stop engaging in any kind of sexual activity.