Construbited by: Sarah Cyr-Mutty
WHAT IS "SAFER SEX"?
We hear this term used a lot, but it's a rather vague term that everyone is just expected to understand. Generally, when we talk about safer sex, we're talking about sex that includes consent and will reduce the risk of pregnancy or transmission of STIs. However, it's super important to note that safer sex can look different for everyone. What safer sex looks like between two monogamous women might be really different from what safer sex looks like for a non-monogamous woman who has sex with men or for an abstinent trans person.
HOW CAN I HAVE SAFER SEX?
Like we mentioned, safer sex can look a lot different from person to person, and even from day to day for an individual. However, in regards to reducing the risk of pregnancy and STIs, there are a few basic things to keep in mind.
Keeping sex toys clean and using them with the right lubes and cleaning products
Engaging in sexual or intimate activities that are lower risk than vaginal, anal, or oral intercourse
Engaging in activities that feel right for you at that moment in time
Engaging in activities that include conversation between you and your partner(s)
**While many of these links reference the condom as being used for males and on the penis, condoms are also great for keeping sex toys clean and safe!
WHAT ARE MY RESOURCES AT SIMMONS?
The Simmons College Health Center will provide you with contraceptive counseling and gynecological exams. They are happy to answer questions and help solve any medical problems that you may be having. As well, they provide FREE emergency contraception (which can get rather pricey at CVS).
The Wellness Ambassadors have arranged to make free condoms, dental dams, and lube available in all the halls! In the next two weeks, they will be going around to each hall and putting envelopes on bathroom doors. As well, the Wellness Ambassadors have programming around safer sex, and are always looking for opportunities to educate their peers on the topic! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on getting programming on your floor. They also have free condoms and dental dams available outside their office on the ground level of the MCB, next to the OSLA office.