At GatorWell we recognize that sexuality is a normal function of human existence and has the potential to be a powerful and positive force in our lives. Sexuality can be diverse and complicated, and when one is in touch with their sexuality and participates safe practices, it can be a fulfilling expression of the human experience. Explore ideas and strategies for taking charge of your sexual health below.
It’s so much more
Sexual health and sexuality include so much more than just sexual behavior. Sexual health refers to taking care of one’s body and needs as it pertains not only to sexual functioning and practices, but also reproduction, contraception, sexual pleasure and desire, intimate relationships, communication, decision-making, setting boundaries, sensuality, sexual orientation & identity.
Being Healthy Sexually Means
Feeling good about yourself, exploring what sex and sexuality mean to you and engaging in sexual activity when you are ready, with whom (either solo or with another/others) and how you choose, in a positive, respectful and consensual manner.
At GatorWell we offer the following sexual health related services to enrolled students:
- Free condoms, lubricants, and dental dams, upon request
- Free confidential HIV Testing
- One-on-one, education based consultation about general sexual health, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and/or contraceptive options counseling
- Education and resources on related sexual health topics to empower UF students to make informed decisions that are consistent with their personal beliefs and values
If you are engaging in sexual activity, or thinking about ‘doing it’, here are the top five tips for practicing safer sex:
Thinking about having sex? Think about this
- Know where you stand personally on sex and sexuality.
- Create your own boundaries and stick to them.
- Communicate your expectations openly with your partner(s) about sex, including giving and receiving consent.
- Engage in sober sex.
- Consistently and correctly use your barrier/contraceptive method of choice.
Here are some questions to consider when thinking about your sexuality…
- Have I explored my sexual values & beliefs? If yes, am I following my personal beliefs & values when it comes to sex?
- Is any one sexual behavior healthy and fulfilling for you and/or a particular person? And, is it safe?
- Can I talk to my partner(s) about _____?
- Do I need barrier methods (condoms, etc.) or other STIs/pregnancy protection? If yes, what type(s)?
- Does a certain behavior lead to the exploitation of self and/or others?
- Does sex take place between responsible, consenting individuals?
How GatorWell can Help
Confidential HIV Testing
- GatorWell offers FREE confidential HIV counseling and testing at the GatorWell main office to UF students by appointment. Schedule an appointment using the request button below, calling the GatorWell Office at 352-273-4450 or visiting the GatorWell main office on the first level of the Reitz Union in Suite 1100. We will work hard to find a time that works best for your schedule.
- GatorWell uses an oral mouth swab test called OraSure® to test for HIV. We do not draw blood or do any other type of STI testing. The most common type of HIV Test, and the test GatorWell uses, detects the antibodies produced by the body after HIV infection. Generally, it can take up to three months for HIV antibodies to develop in the human body at a level in which the HIV test can detect. This is called the “Window Period”. If there was a possible exposure (no condom used, a condom break, etc.) in the last three months before the day of an HIV test, the HIV test will not account for that exposure. Test results will be available IN PERSON two weeks from the date of the initial visit.
- At the Student Health Care Center, free and confidential HIV (and other STD/STI) testing is available for a small fee in conjunction with the Alachua County Health Department in a stand-alone clinic for currently registered UF students without symptoms. Call the Red Team at (352)-294-7465 to make an appointment. PLEASE NOTE: Appointments are very limited. HIV testing is also available by appointment in all medical teams for a fee.
Free Condoms, Lubricants & Dental Dams
- Free condoms, lubricant & dental dams are available at any GatorWell location, including the Health Hut and GatorWell at Jennings and the Springs Complex during regular business hours. Bulk quantities are also available upon request and are filled based on supply.
Meet with a Health Promotion Specialist
- Students can meet with a health promotion specialist regarding general inquiries about sex and more specifically about STIs. Referrals for STI testing will be made to the Student Health Care Center and/or other community organization who provide testing, as needed. Students can also meet with a health promotion specialist to discuss healthy relationships and contraceptive options. Call GatorWell at 352-273-4450 to schedule an appointment or email the sexual health content expert, Samantha Evans.
Women’s Clinic at the Student Health Care Clinic:
Gynecological health services are available at the Student Health Care Center’s Women’s Clinic, located in the main UF campus facility (Infirmary building). Prior to your first appointment, one might find it helpful to review any or all of the following:
- Pelvic Exam by the Mayo Clinic
- Birth Control Options:
Other Related Resources @ UF:
- UF Counseling and Wellness Center – couples counseling, individual counseling, LGBT empowerment groups, etc.
- Student Health Care Center – Women’s Health, STI Testing, etc.
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Affairs
- University of Florida & Division of Student Affairs Policy on Sexual Assault