Health Education FAQ

Absolutely! The Health Education Office supports all choices and identities 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, a snack, and a toy such as bubbles, play dough, stamps, and much more!
  • 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 water-based, silicone-based, and flavored.
  • 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 (12 in each bag), a packet of water-based lubricant, a packet of silicone lubricant, 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. Students may also customize their own goodie bags if they have a preferred style or brand.
  • 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.
  • Though it is not always necessary, lubrication can increase pleasure and reduce 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. Be sure to use water-based lubricants or silicone lubricants that are made for this purpose. Never use oil-based products (such as petroleum jellies, body lotion, or baby oil) as lubrication. Products such as these 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 Union Central Exchange C-Store. Off-campus locations include: Price Chopper, CVS, 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, 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