Welcome to the sexual health section of the website. These pages contain information to help you navigate the sexual choices that feel right for you. Some general sexual health tips to keep in mind:
Get regular medical care. If you are sexually active, this medical care should include getting tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
If you are having sex with someone of the opposite gender, research the contraceptive options that are available. Use these methods in conjunction with, not instead of safer sex methods. For example, if you are using the pill, remember that this will only work to prevent pregnancy, and you should also use a condom to prevent STI transmission.
What does sexual health look like during a time of social distancing? How do we take care of ourselves and our partners and still benefit from the positive, healthy effects of intimacy and pleasure? Understanding risk reducing measures along with strategies for open and honest communication regarding risks are key to maintaining personal and community wellbeing during the pandemic.
What is SHAG?
The Sexual Health Awareness Group (SHAG) is a peer education program from Health Promotion. SHAG is comprised of Brown students who promote sexual health on campus through workshops, Ship n SHAG (free safer sex supplies mailed to your Brown mail box), and other outreach projects.
Many students are expressing concern about access to reproductive health care, and the potential for changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under the next President. It is not yet known exactly what changes, if any, will be made to the Affordable Care Act, or when. What we do know is that any changes would take time.
There are many points to consider as you and your partner(s) choose safer sex and contraceptive options. Condoms and dental dams are often recommended as the best safer sex choice for college students, but you may want to try different options until you find the one(s) you like best. An individual may switch methods because of changes in relationships, age, health, economic security and lifestyle. To help you decide which method to use, you may want to consider the following questions as you read through these pages:
How will it fit into your lifestyle?