Looking after your sexual health is important. Remember to use protection, and please contact your JCR welfare officers for sexual health supplies: condoms, lube and pregnancy tests. These items are also available in boxes in laundry rooms and the Porter’s Lodge for students to help themselves.
There will also be regular chlamydia and gonorrhoea testing throughout the year. If you do have an STI, this is nothing to be ashamed of. However, you need to make sure any past and potential partner is aware. See the page on STI testing for more details on getting tested.
Whether you are choosing to have no sex or a lot of sex, and whatever your sexual experience and orientation it is important to always establish mutual consent. Consent is:
- Informed – all individuals agreeing to act
- Mutual – clear understanding of all individuals about what is being asked for and consented to
- Given – freely and actively
- Communicated – in words and or actions that are mutually understandable
- Retractable – one sexual act does not mean all sexual acts
- Willing – agreement does not count as consent if someone is forced.
Should you experience ANY form of harassment, from rape to manipulation into doing something you are uncomfortable with, we are here to support you. For more information, please see the page on sexual harassment and assault.
You can turn to any member of the JCR, the college welfare team or your GP, or call one of the many helplines. We want you to feel safe, and anything that infringes on this is worth bringing to someone’s attention.
- iCASH has more information on sexual health and STIs, free sexual health supplies, testing and treatment for STIs (http://www.icash.nhs.uk/)
T: 0300 300 3030
- Ask Brook is a resource where you can ask any questions you might have about sexual health (https://www.brook.org.uk/)
LGBT+ Sexual health
Being LGBT+ brings up additional elements to sexual health. The Pink Guide (http://encompassnetwork.org.uk/pinkguide) is a guide made by the Encompass Network who specialise in LGBT+ issues in Cambridgeshire. If you want to get hold of further resources that are LGBT+ specific, talk to your JCR LGBT+ rep, any member of the welfare team, or the college nurse.
CUSU LGBT+ have a page dedicated to sexual health (https://www.lgbt.cusu.cam.ac.uk/resources/sexual-health/). This is a Cambridge-specific as well as a general guide to LGBT+ sexual health.
You can also have a look at the NHS resources for gay and bisexual women (https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sexual-health/sexual-health-for-lesbian-and-bisexual-women/) or for gay and bisexual men (https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sexual-health/sexual-health-for-gay-and-bisexual-men/).
There is also more information for transgender and non-binary individuals, as well as MSM (men who have sex with men) at Your Sexual Health matters (https://www.yoursexualhealthmatters.org.uk/further-sexual-health-support/lgbt).