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Health Education FAQ

About the Office:

We are located Wilson Hall in South, Room 125.
To request a staff member attend a FYE class to provide Sexual Jeopardy or a stress management presentation, please email joleen.nevers@uconn.edu. Please note, that Sexperts DO NOT provide FYE classes, only Health Education office staff.
In order to book a program, please email joleen.nevers@uconn.edu
  • 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 Women’s 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.
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, play dough, stamps and much more!
Appointments can be made with a Certified Sexuality Educator. Please contact the Health Education Office at 860-486-0772.
  • Our office provides a variety of condoms, including thinner/thicker latex condoms, condoms that are textured (ribbed, studded), larger condoms, flavored condoms, extra lubricated and non-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.
  • 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 – 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
Yes! Our office provides a variety of larger condoms for students.
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.
  • 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
  • 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 STIs 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.

 

About Sexual Health:

  • 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 – Condoms and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • AVERT HIV and AIDS
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.
  • 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.
  • STI 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 STI testing across Connecticut.
  • 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.
  • 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 patient’s rights. In order to ensure this confidentiality, Student Health Services can have the charges put on a person’s 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.
  • The only method that is sure to prevent STIs is abstaining from sexual activity. No methods, including condoms are 100% effective. The best way to reduce STIs 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 STIs as well. It is important to be tested for STIs per year or per partner, whichever comes first.
  • NYC Health – Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Yes, especially if a barrier method is not being used. STIs 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.
  • 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.
  • Violence Against Women Prevention Program

 

About Stress Management:

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).
Yes, our office offers free MP3 downloads on breathing and progressive muscle relaxation. Please visit the Stress Management Resources page to learn more.