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Sexual Health

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According to the 2020 National College Health Assessment, 48% of students have engaged in vaginal intercourse, and 54% of students have engaged in oral sex in the past 12 months. But of those sexually active students, only about 40% used a condom during vaginal intercourse, and almost 15% of sexually active female students used emergency contraception within the last 12 months. Plus, when it comes to navigating intimate relationships, students often struggle, with almost 40% reporting problems or challenges with an intimate relationship in the last 12 months.

As a result, the Health Promotion Office aims to create an open, supportive culture where students feel safe learning about and exploring what sexuality means to them.

Safe Sex Express

The Safe Sex Express is a program that delivers safer sex supplies and information to Rochester students’ CMC boxes. The program was created by students on the UR Student Health Advisory Committee (URSHAC) in the spring of 2015. Since then the Express has made over 2500 deliveries!

Any Rochester student can place an order using our request form. Options include:

  • External condoms (AKA male condoms)
  • Internal condoms (AKA female condoms)
  • Lubricant
  • Dental dams
  • Finger cots

Ask the Sexperts

Have questions about sexual health, pleasure, sexuality, and hooking up? The Sexperts are here to have honest and inclusive discussions about it all.

We recognize that many of our students face difficult decisions about sex, and sometimes it’s hard to know who to turn to for answers and advice. In this program, no questions are off limits!

Our Sexperts are a group of trained Peer Health Advocate interns who aim to teach and inform their peers about sexual health, reproductive health, and community resources.

Sex & Chocolate Carnival

Next date in fall 2023…

Join us for our annual Sex & Chocolate carnival to learn about the spookiest topic of all: SEX!

We have brought together multiple campus resources, students groups, and community organizations to educate about safe sexual practices. Groups will include UHS, UCC, Trillium Health, CARE Network, RESTORE, and many others! Come join these organizations for interactive activities, free chocolate and candy, safe sex supplies, and pizza! Show up in costume to receive an extra goodie bag, and all attendees will be entered into a raffle for a gift basket. Celebrate Halloween with tons of goodies this year!

Masturbation 101

Next date in fall 2023…

Ever wanted to learn more about masturbation and sex? Join the UHS Health Promotion Office Peer Health Advocates on Wednesday, November 9th from 7:30-9pm in Hirst Lounge and the Gowen Room for a fun and relaxing evening learning about masturbation. Participants in the programming will get a chance to enter a raffle to win a free vibrator, so make sure to mark this on your calendar!


Choosing the right birth control for you:

Birth control methods are not a one-size-fits-all. Check out this resource from Bedsider to help find the method that might be right for you. You can also call UHS at (585) 275-2662 to schedule an appointment to discuss your contraceptive options with a provider.

Where to find birth control:

On Campus:

  • UHS offers a variety of contraceptive methods, including birth control pills (oral contraceptives), the Depo-Provera shot, IUDs, and the implant (Nexplanon). Vaginal contraceptive rings and contraceptive patches are available by prescription at local area pharmacies.
  • Emergency contraception (AKA Plan B or the morning after pill) can be purchased from UHS for $15 with no appointment necessary. Typically this costs around $40-50 at local pharmacies.
  • Internal condoms, dental dams, finger cots, and lubricants can be found in various locations around campus:
    • UHS first floor lobby
    • Common Connection
    • Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center
    • For sale at Hillside
    • In your dorm (if your RA does not have any on their bulletin board, ask them to come pick some up for the hall!)
    • Get them delivered to your campus mailbox through Safe Sex Express

Off Campus

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

STIs are very prevalent among college-aged individuals, with the those ages 15-24 having the highest rates of STIs. Learn about symptoms to look out for, testing, treatment, and prevention for various STIs on Planned Parenthood’s website.

Where can I get tested?

On Campus:

  • You can schedule an appointment to get tested at UHS by calling (585) 275-2662
    • The mandatory health fee covers one HIV test per year, and other tests or additional HIV tests may be covered depending on your insurance
    • Results are kept confidential, but if you are worried about your parents seeing the test on their insurance, you can use confidential billing (typically $15-$40)
  • STI testing clinics hosted by the Health Promotion Office
  • Get an at home test kit sent to you by Trillium Health here

Off Campus:

Masturbation 101

Did you know that masturbation is normal, healthy, and even has a variety of mental and physical health benefits?

Benefits of Masturbation can include:

  • stress reduction
  • better sleep
  • relief from menstrual cramps and muscle tension
  • release of sexual tension
  • improved self-esteem and body image
  • strengthened muscle tone in your pelvic and anal areas

Masturbation can also help you figure out what you like sexually, which can help you communicate your preferences to a partner.

Masturbation Tips:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly beforehand
  • If you are sharing your sex toys with multiple partners, be sure to thoroughly clean them or use new condoms between each use to prevent the spread of STIs
  • Clean your sex toy before and after each use – check out our guide on how here
  • Use lube to decrease friction and prevent small tears in your skin – it can make it more pleasurable too!


How do I know if I am masturbating too much?

There is no set amount of masturbation that is too much. If you find that masturbation is getting in the way of your everyday activities, such as work, school, or time with family and friends, you may wish to talk to a counselor about this. You can schedule an initial appointment at UCC by calling (585) 275-3113.

Source: Planned Parenthood

Sex Ed 101

Our Sex Ed 101 program is a 21-day online program that consists of informational emails, including videos, infographics, and more to help you increase your knowledge on sexual health. We all have different sexual education backgrounds, but we hope to close any gaps in knowledge by the end of Sex Ed 101. The program will include 11 informational modules on topics such as:

  • masturbation
  • contraception
  • condoms & lube
  • pornography
  • LGBTQ+ sexual health
  • pregnancy
  • and more!

Our goal is for you to gain knowledge and an understanding of various topics related to sexual health. Some individuals may already have some knowledge in this area, but for some of us this is a new topic. Regardless of what background you have in sexual health, everyone has something to learn. Visit our registration page to sign up to start receiving emails today!

LGBTQ+ Sexual Health

While all of the resources and information listed on this page can be helpful for every individual, we recognize that there are LGBTQ+ specific sexual health needs that must be met. Schedule an appointment at UHS by calling (585) 275-2662.

Other Local LGBTQ+ Competent Organizations:

Visit our LGBTQ+ Health Page for more information on LGBTQ+ specific sexual health, as well as other health and wellness areas.

Pregnancy Resources

For information and resources on navigating a possible or confirmed pregnancy, visit our pregnancy resources webpage.

Ask the Sexpert

Do you still have questions? Ask the Sexpert! Fill out the form below to have your sexual health questions answered by our Health Promotion experts. Your question and answer will be anonymously posted on our site, as you are probably not the only person wondering about a certain topic! See past submissions and responses on our blog. You may include your email if you wish to have the answer sent to you as well.

This is not a medical advice line, and any emergent medical issues should be addressed by a medical provider. You can schedule an appointment at UHS by calling (585) 275-2662. 

  • Be sure to include your email if you would like a direct response. All questions and answers will be posted anonymously on our website, so you may also find the answer there.
  • You can expect a response within 5-7 business days if you provided an email address. If you did not, you can look back here for the response to be posted anonymously.

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