Sexual Health

Not all college students are sexually active — but if you are, here are a few things you should know about.

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Practice Safer Sex

Half of all sexually active people will get a sexually transmitted infection by age 25. If you’re sexually active, make sure you protect yourself (and your partners) from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancy. Here are a few ways to practice safer sex:

     ▪     Use condoms during vaginal or anal intercourse

     ▪     Use condoms or dental dams during oral sex

     ▪     Practice outercourse (sex play without intercourse)

To learn more, we encourage you to attend one of our sexual health workshops.

Free condoms are available at the following on-campus locations:

You can also purchase condoms at convenience stores on and off-campus.

Additional Birth Control

Student Health Services can prescribe and place IUDs and hormonal implants, and offers a variety of other birth control methods. Please check with your health insurance company to find out if your preferred option is covered.

To get birth control through Student Health Services, please make an appointment for a birth control consultation. One of our Registered Nurses will discuss the pros and cons of the method(s) that you are interested in, and can help you decide which option(s) would be right for you.

Condom Broke? Unprotected Sex?

If you're worried that you may be pregnant or have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) after unprotected sex, consider making an appointment with Student Health Services.

Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception — also known as the morning-after pill — is available on campus at the following locations:
 

Wellness Education Services (114 Student Union, North Campus)

Sub Board 1 Pharmacy (Basement of Michael Hall, South Campus)


This over-the-counter medication is also available without a prescription at many off-campus pharmacies.


> If you need emergency contraception because you have been sexually assaulted, learn what to do after a sexual assault.

Pregnancy Tests and Feminine Care Products

You can get pregnancy tests and feminine care products from Wellness Education Services. These items are typically available during standard business hours.

Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Testing

If you are (or have been) sexually active — engaging in oral, anal or vaginal sex — it is important to be aware of your sexual health status in order to protect yourself and others. Knowing your health status is especially important if you’re engaging in sexual activities without the use of protective barrier methods (such as condoms), or if you’re engaging in sexual activities with multiple partners. Please review and follow the testing guidelines.

Get Tested

If you think you might have a sexually transmitted infection, or want to know your heatlh status, make an appointment with a health care provider. We offer testing and treatment for a variety of STIs, including:

•    Chlamydia

•    Gonorrhea

•    Hepatitis

•    Herpes

•    HIV

•    Syphilis

Worried About Your Privacy?

If you’re worried about your parents and family finding out, contact your health insurance company and ask that any “Explanation of Benefits” that involve you as patient be sent directly to you and not to your parents’ address. The “Explanation of Benefits” is a health insurance claim/payment statement that may list the specific types of lab tests and other care that you receive.

HIV Testing and Treatment

HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. It can be passed from an infected person to another during unprotected sex, or through contact with blood from a person with HIV. Student Health Services offers testing and treatment options for HIV.

Learn More About HIV Testing and Treatment

HIV Testing

HIV testing is offered by appointment. There are several methods of HIV testing offered with varying costs and result turnaround time. Please talk with your health care provider about which testing method is right for you.

Negative Test Results Positive Test Results

Your health care provider can help you learn how to protect yourself from HIV infection in the future.

Learn more about preventing HIV/AIDS

You can learn how to take steps to prevent passing the virus to others, and start receiving treatment for HIV.

Learn more about living with HIV

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) For High-Risk Adults

If you are at high risk of getting HIV-1 through sexual activity, you may be able to reduce your risk through pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which involves taking a prescription medicine. Taking PrEP — when used together with safer sex practices — can help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection for high-risk adults, including HIV-negative men who have sex with men and who are at high risk of getting infected with HIV-1 through sex, and male-female sex partners when one partner has HIV-1 infection and the other does not.

Make a PrEP Appointment to Learn More

If you are interested in PrEP, please make an appointment with a health care provider at Student Health Services. When calling, please ask for a PrEP appointment, and the scheduler will know what you mean without further explanation. During the appointment, the provider will determine your eligibility and also order appropriate lab testing.

Before Your STI Test

If you are coming to SHS for STI testing, it is recommended that you do not urinate for 2 hours before the test. Females should not douche or use vaginal creams or medicines for 24 hours before their pelvic exams if STI testing is to be performed.

Costs for STI Testing

Appointments with Student Health Services health care providers are free, regardless of your health insurance coverage. However, you may be responsible for any co-pays, co-insurance or deductible amounts associated with labwork, depending on your health insurance coverage.

Need Help?

Primary, non-emergency medical care

University at Buffalo
Michael Hall, 3435 Main Street, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-3316; Fax: (716) 829-2564

Preventative health and wellness education

University at Buffalo
114 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2837; Fax: (716) 645-6234