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Frequently Asked Questions


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About the Office:

Where is the Health Education Office located? What are your hours?

How can I book a FYE class?

How can I book a Sexpert program?

How can I get involved with Health Education?

Do you provide any resources for students that are not sexually active or are abstaining?

Who can I ask questions about sexual health or sexuality whether I am sexually active or not?

What kinds of condoms/safer sex supplies do you offer? Do you offer latex-free supplies?

What is the best kind of condom?

Do you supply larger condoms?

What is in a "goodie bag"?

What is a dental dam?

Do you offer spermicidal lubrication? Is it safe to use?



About Sexual Health:

Should I always use extra lubrication when having sex? Is flavored lubrication okay to use during vaginal intercourse?

Where can I obtain a pregnancy test?

Is HIV and/or other STD testing offered on campus?

Where can I obtain Plan B or the Morning After Pill?

Where can I get contraceptives on campus and how much do they cost? Will my parents find out if I buy a form of contraceptive?

How can I lower my risk of contracting STDs?

Am I still at risk for STDs if I am having only oral sex?

How do I know when Iím getting consent to have sex?



About Stress Management:

How can I manage my stress while on campus?

Are there resources online?

 

Where is the Health Education Office located? What are your hours?

  • We are located on the first floor of Rome Commons, in South Campus (same building as the dining hall). We have extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and post our hours during the first week of classes on our home page of the website.

How can I book a FYE class?

  • To request a staff member attend a FYE class to provide Sexual Jeopardy or a stress management presentation, please call the Health Education Coordinator at 860-486-0772. Please note, that Sexperts DO NOT provide FYE classes, only Health Education Office Staff.

How can I book a Sexpert program?

  • In order to book a program, please call the Health Education Coordinator at 860-486-0772

How can I get involved with Health Education?

  • Health Education is home to the UConn Sexperts. The Sexperts are an award winning peer education group that provides programs related to sexuality and stress management to students on campus. To fill out a Sexpert application, please click here.
  • Health Education also offers other volunteer opportunities through the office such as research for the office, creating health information for students, customer service skills and kit creations. Students interested in volunteering in the office can contact the Health Education Coordinator by calling 860-486-0772 or emailing joleen.nevers@uconn.edu.
  • Health Education also offers internships through various programs such as the English Department for writing interns for our Stall Street News and interns for Womenís Studies, Public health, Allied Health or sexuality majors. Please contact the Health Education Coordinator by calling 860-486-0772 or emailing joleen.nevers@uconn.edu.

Do you provide any resources for students that are not sexually active or are abstaining?

  • Absolutely! The Health Education Office supports all choices related to sexuality, including choosing to not be sexually active. Our office offers "Abstinence Kits" which include information about choosing not to have sex, alternatives to sex and a fun product such as bubbles or blue paw tattoos!

Who can I ask questions about sexual health or sexuality whether I am sexually active or not?

  • Appointments can be made with a Certified Sexuality Educator. Please contact the Health Education Office at 860-486-0772.

What kinds of condoms/safer sex supplies do you offer? Do you offer latex-free supplies?

  • Our office offers a variety of condoms, including thinner/thicker latex condoms, condoms that are textured (ribbed, studded), larger condoms, flavored condoms, extra lubricated and un-lubricated condoms, as well as female condoms that are latex free.
  • We also offer lubrication, which includes flavored, water-based, and silicone-based.
  • We also provide dental dams, plastic wrap and gloves for safer sex.

What is the best kind of condom?

  • There is no "best kind of condom". All condoms are tested for their safety and effectiveness by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). According to the FDA, it is important to choose latex condoms that say "disease prevention" on the package.
  • FDA Ė Condoms and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • If the condom is being used correctly and consistently for maximum protection, the wearer can choose from the variety of styles based on their personal preference.
  • AVERT HIV and AIDS

Do you supply larger condoms?

  • Yes! Our office offers a variety of larger condoms for students.

What is in a "goodie bag"?

  • A "goodie bag" contains an assortment of condoms offered by our office (approximately 12 in each bag), a packet of water-based lubricant, a dental dam, and information provided by a condom manufacturer on how to use condoms correctly for maximum protection. "Goodie bags" are free, and students may pick up one bag per visit.

What is a dental dam?

  • A dental dam is a barrier method, usually made of thin, square-shaped latex. Dental dams can be placed over the labia or anus during oral intercourse to prevent the spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Sexually Transmitted Infections (STDs/STIs). A condom can also be cut into a dental dam if a person is unable to find dental dams. An alternative to a latex dental dam are non-latex condoms, non-latex gloves and plastic wrap.
  • Dental Dams

Do you offer spermicidal lubrication? Is it safe to use?

  • The Health Education Office does not offer spermicidal lubrication or condoms containing spermicidal lubrication.
  • The active ingredient in spermicidal lubrication is nonoxynol 9, or N-9. According to the FDA, recent studies have shown that N-9 is not effective in reducing the transmission of HIV and other STDs during intercourse. Studies have also shown that N-9 can cause vaginal and rectal irritation which could increase the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS from an infected partner. However, the FDA does consider spermicidal lubrication to be a safe contraceptive for women at a low-risk for HIV and other STDs.

Should I always use extra lubrication when having sex? Is flavored lubrication okay to use during vaginal intercourse?

  • Though it is not necessary to always use extra lubrication, it can assist with pleasure and reducing friction which is one of the reasons why condoms break. Many condoms are already lubricated with silicone or water-based lubrication by the manufacturer. For condoms that do not come already lubricated, it would be beneficial to apply lubrication before using. Lubrication can help prevent a condom from breaking. Be sure to use water-based lubricants or silicone lubricants that are made for this purpose. Never use oil-based products for lubrication, such as petroleum jellies, body lotion, or baby oil. Products such as these actually weaken latex condoms, making them more likely to break during use. If using silicone sex toys, silicone lubrication can fuse to it, ruining the product.
  • FDA Ė Condoms and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • AVERT HIV and AIDS

Where can I obtain a pregnancy test?

  • The locations on campus where a person can obtain a pregnancy test include: Student Health Services and the C Store, and the Union Exchange. Off-campus locations include: Store 24, CVS, Grand Union, Big Y, and Wal-Mart.

Is HIV and/or other STD testing offered? How often?

  • Our office, as well as the Rainbow Center, offers free Rapid HIV/AIDS testing usually about 3-4 times per semester. For more information and an up-to-date schedule of testing for both locations, please click here.
  • STD testing is available at Student Health Services on-campus as well as public clinics located off-campus. Stop by the Health Education Office for a pamphlet of locations that offer STD testing across Connecticut.

Where can I obtain Plan B or the Morning After Pill?

  • Student Health Services offers Plan B through the pharmacy and the advice nurse when the pharmacy is not open. It is available 7 days a week to anyone who is 17 or older.
  • Plan B is available off campus at other pharmacies including CVS, Big Y and Walmart to people who are 17 and older.

Where can I get contraceptives on campus and how much do they cost? Will my parents find out if I buy a form of contraceptive?

  • Student Health Services offers contraceptives including birth control pills, diaphragms, Depo-Provera injection, and Nuvaring. For the current pricing of these contraceptives, please call 860-486-4700.
  • The purchasing of contraceptives is kept confidential and is not shared with parents due to laws protecting patientís rights. In order to ensure this confidentiality, Student Health Services can have the charges put on a personís fee bill as "Pharmacy Charges". Insurance companies may provide a summary of services to the primary of the insurance cardholder, which are often parents. To avoid this, please talk with a healthcare provider at Student Health Services.

How can I lower my risk of contracting STDs?

  • The only method that is sure to prevent STDs is abstaining from sexual activity. No methods, including condoms are 100% effective. The best way to reduce STDs is by using protection every time while engaging in sexual intercourse (vaginal or anal) as well as oral intercourse. Using latex condoms during sexual intercourse and dental dams/condoms during oral sex. Limiting the number of sexual partners decreases the chance of being exposed to STDs as well. It is important to be tested for STDs per year or per partner, whichever comes first.
  • NYC Health Ė Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Am I still at risk for STDs if I am having only oral sex?

  • Yes, especially if a barrier method is not being used. STDs are spread through bodily fluids which include blood, semen, and vaginal secretions, as well through skin to skin contact or mucus membranes, such as mouth sores.

How do I know when Iím getting consent to have sex?

  • According to the Student Code of Conduct, consent must be informed, freely and actively given, and an understandable exchange of affirmative actions or words. An individual who is intoxicated or incapacitated by drugs/alcohol may not give consent. The lack of a negative response is not consent. Also, past consent does not imply present or future consent.
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How can I manage my stress while on campus?

  • Managing stress is important for both physical and mental health. Some ways to manage stress include exercise, meditation, massage, aromatherapy, yoga, music, and mental imagery. Consider attending a free stress management program offered by the Health Education Office, which includes breathing and massaging techniques, as well as creating herbal pillows or aromatherapy oils. Or visit the Relaxation Station, located in the Health Education Office! The Relaxation Station has massage chairs, massaging tools, ear plugs, and free Wi-Fi to help you relax. If a person finds him/herself unable to cope with stress for an extended period of time, it may be helpful to talk with a medical professional, such as the staff at Counseling and Mental Health Services (860-486-4705).

Are there stress resources available online?

  • Yes, our office offers free MP3 downloads on breathing and progressive muscle relaxation. Please click here to learn more.
 
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