We all care about protecting ourselves and the ones we love. For sexually active people that means practicing safer sex. We can use it to reduce our risk of getting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and experiencing unplanned pregnancies.
Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. It lets us protect ourselves - and our partners - while we enjoy sex play with them.
- Support students who chose to postpone sexual involvement
- Increase communications related to sexual boundaries and expectations
- For sexually active students, increase knowledge about safer sex practices and supportive resources
- Provide free condoms and healthy sexuality resources to students
Postponing Sexual Involvement
It's important to know that not all UWF students are sexually active. According to local data, about 32% of UWF students chose to postpone sexual involvement. Staying abstinent is a choice you make every day. There are ways to help yourself with that choice.
For those that are sexually active, condoms are 98% effective in preventing unplanned pregnancy and STI & HIV transmission. The Escambia County Health Department provides UWF with free condoms for all of its students. They can be found in the condom machines, provided by SGA in the restrooms of these locations:
- Argo Galley, Bldg. 22
- Library, Bldg. 32 (1st floor)
- Sail Lab, Bldg. 79
- HLES, Bldg. 72
- Wellness Center, Bldg. 960 (upstairs)
Free & Confidential HIV testing services are offered on the UWF campus. Testing is on a first come, first served basis and takes about 20 minutes to complete. See details below:
Fall 2016/Spring 2017 Testing Hours
All testing will be done in a mobile unit on the Cannon Greens.
SHAPE HIV Testing
Testing will be from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM on the following dates:
- September 27
- October 11
- November 8
AIDS Healthcare Foundation HIV Testing
Testing will be from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM on the following dates:
- September 14
- October 12
- November 9
- January 11
- February 8
- April 12
Need something sooner? Check out the off-campus options in our area. Escambia County Department of Health's brochure provides additional information about programs and costs associated with HIV testing/treatment.
Safer Sex Resources
Safer sex is for responsible people who care about their and their partners' pleasure and health. Communication and respect are key elements of safer sex. Visit some of these great resources for additional information and videos: