College students have a lot of sex, statistically.
However, college students are using contraceptives and condoms less and less each year. A 2018 study of college students across the country published in the Journal of Sex Research found that males not in a serious relationship and females in a serious relationship indicated the largest decreases in condom usage.
Sexual health is as important as ever. Contraceptives and condoms, especially, help promote safer sex, as they are effective against unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections such as HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis.
The term “safer sex” refers to anything that lowers the risk of sexually transmitted infections. While some call it “safe sex,” no type of sex with a partner can be guaranteed to be 100 percent safe.
Caress Roach, the health promotion and well-being programs coordinator at UNC Student Wellness, emphasized the importance of sexual education and the importance of violence prevention coordinators in helping students get the access to resources they need. For example, the SAFE at UNC program allows anyone to file a report to law enforcement and/or the university, with an option to report it anonymously.
The Gender Violence Services Coordinators (GVSC) also provides resources for all students and employees who have been impacted by sexual violence.
“Part of your well-being and your wellness, whether you are someone who identifies as wanting to have sex or not, if you’re practicing or not, I feel like just making sure that all students are getting the proper knowledge and information that is accurate and relevant for them,” Roach said.
Safer sex supplies are available at no cost at several campus locations. Condoms are available in the Student Union bathrooms near Alpine Bagel, and other safer sex supplies can be found at the Student Stores Pharmacy and Campus Health.
Students may also request safer sex supplies from Resident Advisors (RAs) and Community Directors (CDs).