Sexual Health

Not all college students are sexually active. However, if you are, here are a couple things you should know to stay safe and healthy.

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Practicing Safer Sex During COVID-19

Social distancing and mask-wearing are great ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but if you are choosing to be sexually active during this time, keep yourself and your partner safer by using the following strategies:

  • You are your safest sexual partner. 
  • Consider only having sex with a partner you already live with, and only if you've both felt well in the last 2 weeks, and neither of you has tested positive for COVID-19, or been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or are in quarantine for the best 2 weeks.
  • Use social distancing to get creative - use video chats, sexting, or phone sex.
  • Kissing and oral-anal contact put you at increased risk for COVID-19 infection. Vaginal intercourse does not appear to transmit COVID-19 infection. 
  • Wash your hands before and after sex.
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms. If you aren't feeling well, get a test. Check the Erie County Department of Health website for testing locations.
  • Use barrier methods like condoms and dental dams to prevent the spread of HIV and other STIs.

Free Safe Sex Supplies

Students who live on-campus can request free safe sex supplies, including: internal and external condoms, dental dams, and personal lubricant. Supplies will be delivered to your on-campus mailbox in a plain manila envelope. 

Students who live off-campus can request the same supplies via the same form below. Orders will be confirmed and instructions for pickup provided to your UB email address. 

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 an over-the-counter medication available without a prescription at:

• South Campus: Student Health Pharmacy (Michael Hall)

• Off-Campus: many off-campus pharmacies/grocery stores

> 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

Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Testing

If you are (or have been) sexually active in any way it is important to be aware of your sexual health status. Health status is important if you’re engaging in sexual activities without the use of protective barrier methods or if you’re with multiple partners. Please review and follow the testing guidelines.

Get Tested

If you possibly have a sexually transmitted infection, or want to know your health 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?

To maintain confidentiality, contact your health insurance company and ask that any “Explanation of Benefits” involving you be sent directly to you and no one else.

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.

Before Your STI Test

If you are coming to Health Services for STI testing, please do not urinate for at least 1 -2 hours before the test. Females should not douche or use vaginal creams/medicines for 24 hours before STI testing is to be performed.

Costs for STI Testing

Appointments with 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?

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

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

Preventative health and wellness education

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114 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

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