Going to college can be difficult and scary. It can be difficult to juggle all the tasks suddenly thrown into your responsibilities, such as finding a classroom, eating, or taking care of your sexual health.
But the overwhelming majority of college students are sexually active, according to the Department of Health Resources and Sexual Health. Many people engage in a range of sexually risky behaviors that can have long-term effects on their health and academic success. Therefore, it’s more important than ever to be smart and proactive about your sexual health.
There are many resources available for staying healthy and taking care of yourself. The Daily has compiled a list of resources to help you stay happy and healthy.
Awareness, Response and Education Center
First, CARE is available to students affected by sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking. Their services are also available to friends and partners of survivors, or anyone with questions about sex. It can be an informal place to process, or a place to connect with advisors and learn about the various options available to survivors. CARE is a great resource for students who need to speak.
You can schedule an appointment with CARE online Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Groups can also use his 24-hour service for those in need after hours. CARE’s physical space is located at Searle Hall, 633 Emerson St.
CARE can also connect students with legal and medical advocacy, free counseling and support groups. For those looking to connect with third parties, CARE can be the perfect middleman.
Sexual Health and Assault Peer Educator Group
SHAPE, an affiliate of CARE, is a NU peer group that provides education, events, and campus dialogue on sexual assault and sexual health. According to NU, SHAPE aims to make students feel more comfortable about topics related to sex and sexuality.
Participate in SHAPE peer-led presentations and workshops, outreach events, and frequent collaborations with other student groups. Students are also free to contact SHAPE representatives with questions about sexual health and violence.
Students can join SHAPE through the application process during the fall quarter and must then complete training classes.
Northwestern University Health Service
Students can also get STI and HIV testing at NU Health Services, also located in Sarl Hall. The STI test is free for students with student health insurance, but costs range from $20 to $90 for students with external insurance. Gynecological services are also available at Searle if needed. Students can make appointments through the online medical portal in the same way they book medical services at any other university.
Searle’s appointment will be confidential. Your name and medical information will be recorded, but only health service personnel will have access to your records. STI tests are usually returned within one business day, according to Health Services. Students can also pick up their medications at his ground-floor pharmacy at Thear University.
NU College Feminist, A feminist and choice advocate, it hosts an annual College Sex Week to encourage sex positivity and safe and healthy sex practices. NU Sex Week is a collaboration with sexual assault peer educators, menstrual equality activists, and women’s centers.
Programming typically includes discussions, workshops and giveaways. This year, organizers screened “The Last Taboo,” a documentary about six people with physical disabilities and their relationships. He hosted lectures with speakers, including Anthropology Professor Noel Sullivan, who spoke on “How to Have Amazing Sex” and provided gifts of sex toys.
This year, NU Sex Week was held in early May. Students are expected to have a similar week next spring semester.
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