Whether you are sexually active right now or not, the University Health Center spends a lot of time meeting with students to answer their questions about sexual health. A good rule of thumb is to come in annually for an exam or physical and be open and honest with your provider about your sexual behaviors. For women, the “Well Women’s Exam” is the perfect time to check in about contraceptive options and changes in PMS, cramping, and bleeding patterns. The CDC recommends annual testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea for all sexually active adults under 26. For men who have sex with men, annual syphilis and HIV testing should also be discussed.

Ask any kind of question about your sexual health in a totally judgement-free environment.

In addition to medical care, the Health Promotion Department is a great resource to ask any kind of question about your sexual health in a totally judgement-free environment. While talking about your sexual health can be awkward or intimidating at first, take comfort in knowing that the staff members of the University Health Center are here to support you and answer all of your questions, even if you feel embarrassed to ask. You’d be surprised how many students may be struggling with issues like heavy periods, sexually transmitted infections, and erectile dysfunction. Just check out our sexual health page which covers common sexual health topics, and email Sexual Health Coordinator Katy Janousek (kjanousek@uhs.uga.edu) to schedule a time to talk over the phone or meet in person with your questions.

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We’ll keep you stocked up with freebies too! At any time you can stop by the Health Promotion Department to pick up free samples of condoms. We also have the Condom Express program which allows students to log on and select a custom order of free male condoms, female condoms, dental dams, and lubricants. For students living in residence halls, the packages are shipped for free. For students living off-campus or in Greek houses, simply pick up your Condom Express package in person from the Health Promotion Department.

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Remember: choosing to be sexually active should be a decision that aligns with your personal beliefs and values. The safest way to avoid sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancy is abstinence. However, if you’re thinking about becoming sexually active or if you already are, we have plenty of resources to help you lower the risk of any negative consequences… not to mention these highly coveted bumper stickers:

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Written by: Katy Janousek, UHC Health Promotion
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