Not feeling it right now? You are not alone.
Choosing when, how, and who to have sex with is a big decision- your decision. Many RAMS also choose not to have sex. Whatever you decide, we are here to provide you with all the information you need to make the decisions that are right for you, right now.
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Are you sexually active? Need free HIV testing?
The Well, in collaboration with the Health Brigade and the Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention, will be offering free HIV testing to students (VCU ID required) at the Student Commons in Virginia Rooms A, B, C, & D on the following dates from 11am - 3pm:
- Thurs, Dec 1, 2016 (World AIDS Day)
- Wed, Feb 15, 2017
- Wed, Mar 29, 2017
ContraceptionDid you know? You can snag a free condom if you stop by The Well!
60% of VCU students reported using a method of contraception to prevent pregnancy the last time they had vaginal intercourse. (The Well's Health Survey, Spring 2016, n=856)
Using contraception such as birth control pills or condoms lowers your risk of unintended pregnancy. Thinking about birth control? Student Health offers combined hormonal birth control pills, progestin-only birth control pills, the NuvaRing, the Ortho Evra contraceptive patch, and Depo Provera injections. Pap smears are not required for students to begin birth control. Not sure which method of birth control is right for you? Schedule an appointment at University Student Health Services to talk with someone and learn more about the method of contraception that is right for you. Visit other websites like Bedsider or Planned Parenthood for more information on contraception.
Using a condom or other barrier method during intercourse helps to lower your risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection. Did you know? A box of 12 trojan-enz condoms cost 13.99 without tax at CVS. A variety of condoms are on sale, 6 for 2$, at the Student Health Pharmacy! The pharmacy is open Monday-Thursday, 9am to 5pm; Friday, 10am to 5pm. The pharmacy is closed daily from 12 noon to 1pm. Credit/debit cards and RAMbucks accepted. You can also try CondomFinder to locate free condoms in your area! Think you might have contracted a sexually transmitted disease?
Worried that asking for consent might feel awkward or ruin the moment? It doesn't have to. Obtaining enthusiastic consent is essential before and during sexual activity. Knowing your partner(s) want you as much as you want them by obtaining consent ultimately leads to better, hotter sex. Check in with your partner(s) throughout a sexual encounter to make sure that they are comfortable with what is about to happen and what is happening. Communicating about your and your partners' comfort level and wants leads to better, hotter sex.
According to the VCU Sexual Misconduct Policy:
Affirmative Consent to be voluntary, informed, non-coerced agreement through words and actions freely given, which a reasonable person would interpret as a willingness to participate in mutually agreed-upon sexual acts. Affirmative Consent to sexual activity happens when each partner willingly and affirmatively chooses to participate. Affirmative Consent is informed (knowing); voluntary (freely given); active (not passive), meaning that through the demonstration of clear words or actions, a person has indicated permission to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity. Important points regarding Affirmative Consent include
- Consent to one act does not constitute consent to another act
- Consent on a prior occasion does not constitute consent on a subsequent occasion
- The existence of a prior or current relationship does not, in itself, constitute consent
- Consent can be withdrawn or modified at any time before or during sexual activity
- Consent is not implicit in a person’s manner of dress or flirtatious behavior
- Accepting a meal, a gift or an invitation for a date does not imply or constitute consent
- Silence, passivity or lack of resistance does not alone constitute consent
- Initiation or participation by someone who a reasonable person knows or should have known to be deemed incapacitated is not consent
Check out this video for more information about consent:
Check out this video on consent from Laci Green: