32% of students report having no sexual partners in the past 12 months
45% report having 1 sexual partner in the past 12 months
23% of students report having 2 or more sexual partners in the past 12 months
Of those who reported having a sexual partner, 46.5% engaged in oral sex, 50.6% in vaginal sex, and 5.6% in anal sex in the last 30 days
NCHA, pg 10, 2016
Student Health is critical to any community.Once you participate in University life, you will be exposed to (and attracted to) a greater number of people than you would otherwise encounter.
Therefore, the risks can be greater as regards contracting an STD(Sexually Transmitted Disease), or STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection).
Preventing sexually transmitted infections
STIs can be transmitted via oral, vaginal, and anal sex. There are 4 ways to prevent STI transmission:
Use a barrier
Use a condom for vaginal, anal, or oral sex. External and internal condoms provide a barrier to prevent STIs from spreading. Oral dams can provide STI protection for oral sex and anal stimulation.
Contact your doctor to receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which protects against some strains of the HPV virus and Hepatitis A and B.
Most STIs have no symptoms. Getting an STI test is the only way to know if you or a sexual partner have certain STIs. Talk to your doctor about what an STI test includes. If you test positive for an STI, your doctor will be able to recommend treatment options and can also refer you to support resources and services.
At most Universities, you may obtain further information about Sexual Health. Or,you may find information online regarding facilities/counselling services specific to your own community.