Welcome

Here you can find information to help guide you through sexual decision-making and figuring out what is best for you. If you still have questions feel free to contact Deacon Health and make an appointment by emailing apptdh@wfu.edu.

There is a lot of stuff to digest on here so take your time. It is always good to ask questions or refer back to the information on this website if you are unsure or confused. 

SOME KEY TAKEAWAYS ARE

  • Stay informed. Learn the facts, do some research, or ask questions!
  • Communicate. Sexual health = communication, whether it be with a medical provider, your partner, friends, or others. Talking it out always helps.  
  • Get regular medical care. If you are sexually active, get tested regularly and consult your medical provider about birth control options, STI prevention, and other considerations.
  • Practice Safer Sex. Use barrier methods (such as external and internal condoms, dental dams, and finger cots) every time you have sex to prevent STI transmission.

Sex Ed 101

On this page we include facts about safer sex and other important information you may want to consider when thinking about sex.

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What is the Safer Sex Express?

Illustration of male conductor leaning out of a train, smoke reads "Safer Sex Express"

Safer Sex Express is a FREE condom and safer sex supplies delivery service for students living on the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University with a campus PO Box. Through a confidential online order form, students can order a variety of materials to be discreetly delivered to their campus mailbox within a week. The Safer Sex Express is a great way to try out and learn about new products.

Safer Sex Express ordering is paused for the summer and will reopen in Fall 2024.

FOR FREE, STUDENTS ARE ABLE TO REQUEST DIFFERENT BRANDS OF:

With the collaboration of three departments, the Office of Wellbeing, Deacon Health, and Women’s Center, Safer Sex Express is decreasing obstacles for students to use barriers while simultaneously increasing education around consent, the use of contraception, and sexual health.

Safer Sex Express was designed and created in 2019 by the Women’s Center in collaboration with Olivia Thonson, Sexual Health and Wellness intern.


Contraception

Contraception is a big part of safe sex and there are so many kinds it can be a little overwhelming. Below we include multiple types of contraception with a little information about each. This does not include all contraceptives and it is important to consult with a medical provider to help decide what is best for you and your body.

When it comes to contraception it is helpful to use both a barrier method and hormonal contraception to help prevent both STIs and pregnancy. Only barrier methods and abstinence prevent STIs

Here is a little information to help guide you through this page:

THERE ARE THREE TYPES OF CONTRACEPTION:

Emergency Contraception: this type of contraception is used after sex under the circumstances that other preventative measures were not taken (eg. condom). Emergency contraception includes:

Hormonal/Pregnancy Preventative Birth Control: this type of contraception is used to prevent pregnancy, manage hormones, help with periods, and a multitude of other things. Some examples we include are:

Barrier Methods: barrier methods are physical barriers that help prevent the exchange of bodily fluids and skin-to-skin contact. These include:

Contraception Options


Sexually Transmitted Infections

When talking about being sexually active we also have to consider the risk behaviors involved with it. One of these risk factors is contracting an STI. You may not be familiar with the term STI, most commonly we hear STD. There is no definitive difference between the two, one stands for sexually transmitted infections and the other, sexually transmitted disease. We use STI to help mitigate the stigma around STIs.

The transmission of STIs falls under two categories: Bodily Fluids and Skin-to-skin Contact. There are six body fluids as shown on this diagram with corresponding types of STIs. As for skin-to-skin contact, we have four forms. You may also notice that the types of STIs are color-coded: those in blue are treatable, which means you would have them for life but you can mitigate symptoms and spread. The others are curable meaning there are treatments that will cure you of the STI. This does not mean you can not contract the STI again after being cured.

STI infographic

HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO HELP PREVENT GETTING AN STI:

STI info, symptoms, and treatments

STI Testing

Sexually Transmitted Infections, or STIs, are infections that spread from one person to another during sexual activity. STIs are very common and many people that have them do not show any symptoms. However, without treatment STIs can lead to health problems in the future. If you are sexually active, it is important to get tested regularly. 

ON-CAMPUS TESTING 

OFF-CAMPUS TESTING 

Communicating with your Doctor


Pregnancy resources

QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT:

Pregnancy options

TERMS

PREGNANCY RESOURCES