What does safer sex mean?
“Safer sex means being smart and staying healthy. It means showing concern and respect for your partner and yourself. Safer sex means enjoying sex to the fullest without transmitting, or acquiring, sexually transmitted infections (STIs).” American College Health Association
Sexual health services available in regular medical teams
Our medical professionals strive to make sure our campus community is informed and safe when it comes to sexual activity. UF Student Health provides many services related to sexual health, including:
- Counseling on anything related to sex, including sexuality
- Information on contraceptive options (Free male/penatrative condoms available in team areas and the main lobby.)
- Sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing, prevention and treatment
- Medically vetted literature on sexual health, potential problems and more
Should you have questions or concerns about your sexual health, please contact your assigned medical team for an appointment. For information about Women’s Clinic services, please click here.
- NOTE: STI testing initiated in any regular medical team will typically incur charges of more than $15.
GYT Clinic: Limited screenings for asymptomatic students
NOTE: Beginning March 1, 2015, GYT Clinic appointments will incur a $15 lab handling fee, which will post directly to the student’s UF account.
A partnership with the Alachua County Health Department, this stand-alone clinic is for currently registered UF students who do not have symptoms. Appointments are very limited — please call Red Team at (352) 294-7465 for availability.
- This clinic tests asymptomatic patients for Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis and HIV only; results take approximately two weeks.
- Patients who have symptoms should make an appointment with their assigned medical team/provider, as they cannot be seen in this clinic.
- This clinic follows current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) testing frequency guidelines. For more information on what’s right for you, please visit the American Sexual Health Association’s website, ashasexualhealth.org.
Why are you asking me THAT?!
As part of your exam you might be asked what seem like a lot of very personal questions about your sex life. While often uncomfortable, this is totally normal and meant to help you stay healthy. The best way to make sure all your concerns are addressed is to answer as completely and honestly about your medical and sexual histories as possible.
Questions your healthcare provider might ask you:
- Have you ever (or are you currently) having sex?
- How many partners have you had?
- Do you have sex with females, males or both?
- Do you have oral sex?
- Do you have anal sex?
- Do you use condoms/dental dams/other protection?
- Do you have symptoms — what is different from what you normally experience?
- Have you had an STI?
- Do you know if your partner(s) have any STIs or symptoms of STIs?
- When was your last period? (if you’re female)
General sexual health resources
- American Social Health Association (ASHA): ASHA, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, provides information on sexual health with a focus on preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – “Sexual Health”: The CDC’s “Sexual Health” area provides information on multiple topics, including: sexually transmitted infections (STIs); reproductive health; healthy pregnancy; HIV/AIDS prevention; sexual violence prevention; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) health.
- ItsPronouncedMetrosexual.com: It’s Pronounced Metrosexual is a site where advocates of social justice can find helpful articles, fun graphics and other resources designed to be shared in an effort to advance social equity. The Genderbread Person v2.0 is an infographic that breaks down gender identity, gender expression, biological sex and sexual orientation into an easy to understand visual.
- Reproductive Health Access Project: The Reproductive Health Access Project provides information on contraceptive options and optional services.
- SexPositive App: It’s difficult to predict when you may need access to sexual health information. With SexPositive, judgement-free information about STIs, safety, communication tips and healthy advice are available on your smartphone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- UF Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) | Phone: (352) 392-1575: As the primary provider of counseling, mental health and psychiatric services for students, the CWC offers individual therapy, groups, couples counseling, consultation, crisis services, outreach, biofeedback and more.
- GatorWell Health Promotion Services | Phone: (352) 273-4450: In addition to maintaining a presence around campus with the Health Hut, GatorWell provides contraception advice, sexually transmitted infection (STI) counseling, free and confidential HIV testing by appointment and free condoms, lubricants and dental (aka oral) dams.
- GatorWell’s Sexual Trauma/Interpersonal Violence Education (STRIVE) team focuses on issues related to sexual violence, including: healthy and unhealthy relationships; dating violence; alcohol; and sexual violence.
- UF Human Resource Services – Title IX: The University of Florida has zero tolerance for illegal discrimination or harassment, sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity that receives financial support from the Federal government. Under Title IX, discrimination based on sex includes sexual harassment, sexual violence and sexual assault. Title IX also prohibits retaliation against individuals who complain about or participate in an investigation regarding an alleged Title IX violation.