Admissions & Aid
Safe sex means conducting your sex life in a way that will minimize the possibility of exposure to a life-threatening, sexually transmitted disease such as AIDS. Safe sex means enjoying sex fully without putting your life at risk.
Everyone. Always. Many college students think that the possibility of exposure to AIDS is too small to be concerned about. A study of blood tests conducted at college health services indicated that about one in 50 college students may carry the HIV AIDS virus. There is no cure for AIDS, so everyone must take reasonable precautions to avoid exposure.
Most sexually transmitted diseases (including AIDS and hepatitis-B) are spread by bacteria and viruses in body fluids such as semen, blood, urine, and feces. Safe sex techniques work by minimizing direct contact with the body fluids of your partner.
Safety is relative. The following sex practices are safe in the sense that they involve relatively low risk of exposure to life-threatening disease.
Don’t be afraid to talk about safe sex with your partner. Your partner is probably just as concerned about risks as you. Talking about safe sex is an expression of caring for your partner and yourself.
If you have questions about safe sex or about any sex practice not discussed here, call one of the confidential hotlines (Public Health Service: 800.342.2437; National Gay Task Force AIDS Crisis Hotline: 800.221.7044), talk with a personal counselor in 0203 James Hall, or visit the Health Clinic in 114 Roosevelt Hall.