A guide on how to have excellent sex — for students, by students. Whether you’re active now or plan to be in the future, this guide can help you excel at safer, more satisfying sex.
Love yo’ self!
Strive to be comfortable in your body and your mind. If that’s hard for you, try practicing self-care through The Well's and Active Minds' programs or consider making an appointment with a counselor. Students get free sessions at CAPS. They want to help you learn to love yourself!
Condoms are our friends
Condoms help protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy. You can also use dental dams for oral sex. Get them for free at The Well, or other resource listed below. Use one every time you have sex, and use a new one each time.
Take the test
Get tested for STIs at least once a year. You can go to the Student Health Center, your doctor’s office or other clinics, such as Planned Parenthood. Most tests and very simple and don’t even require a blood sample. STIs are common, and many different people get them. They say nothing about the person’s character or their worth.
What to do if I test positive?
Don’t freak out. Ask your doctor or provider about treatment and prevention options. All STIs are treatable or curable. If you feel safe doing so, tell your sex partner(s) so they can get tested.
Prevent unwanted pregnancy
If you’re not ready for pregnancy, use condoms and another form of birth control like the pill or patch as a back-up. Make an appointment at the Student Health Center or your doctor’s office to find out which one’s best for you.
Talk is sexy!
Talk to your sex partner(s) about what you like and don’t like, and how to protect each other from STIs, HIV and pregnancy. You can get tips on how to start the conversation at ashasexualhealth.org.
Get the “yes”
Sex starts with one word: Yes! Give and receive consent every time. Ask for the yes and remember: Everyone has a right to change their mind. Sexual conduct without consent or after consent was revoked is sexual assault. Someone can't consent while unconscious, drunk, drugged or being threatened or coerced.
Abstinence is fine too
Not everyone has sex. Many people don't for different reasons. Some choose abstinence because it is the safest, most effective way to prevent STIs, HIV and pregnancy. Besides, you can express intimacy in lots of fun ways: hugs, kisses, holding hands, cute or sexy texts, snuggling, dates — the lists goes on.
Be Sexcellent in Time of COVID-19
Practice COVID-19 safety when thinking about having sex, like getting vaccinated! Find more information on COVID-19 safety by visiting the CDC website and UCR's coronavirus website. Also check out guidance on safer sex and COVID-19 from New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Sexual Health Resources on Campus
Get sexual supplies and support on campus. Most are free!
Get free condoms, dental damns, lubrication and more with the Condom Co-op. To get sexual health supplies for yourself, make an appointment for sexual health supplies or visit us during our walk-in hours for our take-what-you-need safer sex display :
Walk-in Hours HUB 248:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9AM-11AM and 1PM-3PM
If you would like to request condoms for a sexual health program, you will need to make an appointment by filling out the Residential Life/Request Bulk Supplies form
We also have menstrual supplies and lots of information and resources.
STI testing, pregnancy tests, STI vaccines, birth control, emergency contraception and more. Most services are free with SHIP.
Visit their website studenthealth.ucr.edu for more information or call 951-827-3031 to make an appointment.
Free condoms, free period products, safety programs, sexual assault and domestic violence support, address gender issues and student leadership opportunities. All genders welcomed.
Please visit wrc.ucr.edu or for more information.
Support, education and advocacy regarding sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as FREE lubricated or non-lubricated condoms and other safer sex supplies.
Please visit out.ucr.edu for more information.
CARE advocates provide support, crisis intervention, resources and options for those impacted by sexual violence. CARE services are confidential.
Get one-on-one or group counseling for free.
Visit counseling.ucr.edu for more information
Student Affairs Case Management assists students dealing with mental health, academic, relationship, food insecurity and other stressful crises.
Visit casemanagement.ucr.edu for more information
PPGA at UCR advocates on campus and in the community for reproductive justice and rights.
Vending Machine with pregnancy tests, emergency contraceptives, condoms, period products and more available for purchase at Student Recreation Center North.
Please message @ucrwellnessexpress for more information or contact student health services 951-827-3031 for availability of these items
Committee on campus with students, faculty, staff and community partners with a focus on preventing HIV/AIDS, providing resources, education and programs related to HIV/AIDS.
To learn more visit their website hiv-aids.ucr.edu
If you don’t have UC SHIP, don’t worry. Planned Parenthood accepts many insurance plans and may provide affordable coverage options if you lack insurance. They offer private, confidential STI, HIV and pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, men’s health care, vaccines, general health care and more.
4164 Brockton Ave., Ste. A
Riverside, CA 92501
Dedicated to fighting for LGBT justice and the prevention and elimination of HIV/AIDS. Contact them for free condoms, confidential HIV and Hep C testing, health education, housing assistance, policy advocacy, health insurance enrollment and more.