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 disease and infection (STD/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/STD testing initiated in any regular medical team is not free.
GYT STI/STD Testing Clinic: Limited free testing services
In conjunction with the Alachua County Health Department, UF Student Health is proud to offer free and confidential STD/STI testing by appointment five days a week.
This stand-alone clinic is for currently registered UF students without symptoms only, and is the only area within the Infirmary Building able to offer free testing. Call Red Team at (352) 294-7465 to make an appointment in this clinic. PLEASE NOTE: Appointments are very limited — please call for availability.
- 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 Testing Recommendations at ASHAsexualhealth.org.
- Patients who have symptoms should make an appointment with their assigned medical team/provider, as they cannot be seen in the stand-alone clinic. STI/STD testing initiated in any regular medical team is not free.
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/STD?
- Do you know if your partner(s) have any STIs/STDs or symptoms of STIs/STDs?
- 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 diseases and infections (STDs/STIs).
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – “Sexual Health”: The CDC’s “Sexual Health” area provides information on multiple topics, including: sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STDs/STIs); reproductive health; healthy pregnancy; HIV/AIDS prevention; sexual violence prevention; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender 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.
- 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.
- UF 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 disease and infection (STD/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 harssment, 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.