Sexual Health

The web sites below are not meant to replace a visit with a healthcare provider, but to provide additional information that you may find helpful.

Student Health Services supports the whole person. Healthy sexuality is an important part of health. Sexuality encompasses more than sexual activity. It involves who we are, how we see and feel about ourselves, what we want from our relationships. The World Health Organization’s definition of sexual health is “Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.”

Student academic success can be greatly affected by unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Education and prevention are important aspects of sexual health. Below are a list of resources that go into greater depth about the different aspects of sexual health.

At Student Health Services, we have clinicians who are available to discuss and treat health concerns. Please call to make an appointment.

 

General Sexual Health Information, STI prevention, and Healthy Relationships

Go Ask Alice: Interesting and useful sexual health Information.

American Sexual Health Association: National Organization with general information about sexual health.

Sex, Etc: Information about sex and relationships, pregnancy, STDs, birth control, sexual orientation and more.

Alan Guttmacher Institute: A non-profit organization providing reproductive health research, policy analysis and public education. Browse news, statistics and family planning articles.

RH Reality Check: An online community and publication serving individuals and organizations committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights; Resource for evidence-based information, provocative commentary, and interactive dialogue.

San Francisco Sex Information: Accurate, non-judgmental information about sex.

 

Contraception and Emergency Contraception

Bedsider: An interactive website that allows you to explore and compare birth control methods.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: Seeks to prevent teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy among single, young adults.

Planned Parenthood: Resource for contraception and abortion counseling.

 

Other Resources

Centers for Disease Control: CDC fact sheets on sexually transmitted infections.

 

GLBTQI Health

Youth Resource: A web site created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people.

The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association: For furthering health care for GLBTQI.

Transgender Health at UCSF: Goal is increase comprehensive and affirming healthcare to trans and gender-variant communities.

The Trevor Project: For gay and questioning youth.

 

Women’s Health

The National Women's Health Information Center: Part of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

Our Bodies, Ourselves: A comprehensive Women’s Health website.

 

Men’s Health

Men's Sexual Health: General information and questions answered regarding Men’s Sexual Health.

Men's Health Network: Specific to issues of men’s health.