Sexual Health and Safer Sex

Sexual Health and Safer Sex

If you're sexually active at university, it's important to take care of your sexual health. Your sexual health can impact on your physical and mental wellbeing, but it's easy to stay safe if you know how.

Sexual health advice stands

As a USW student you have access to the nurse-led USW Health Service, who are there to offer advice and support in all aspects of sexual health, healthy relationships and how to access external specialist support.

The USW nurses will be providing sexual health advice, information about STI testing and contraception - and free condom pick up sessions for students under 25 on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 13 February, 11am – 2pm, Atrium, Cardiff Campus
  • Wednesday 14 February, 11am – 2pm, Stilts, Treforest Campus

Safer sex

Safer sex is anything we do to lower our risk — and our partners' risk — of getting or passing on a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) testing

Regular testing for STIs is essential to maintain good sexual health. Everyone should get an STI screen at least once a year if having condomless sex with new or casual partners – even if they don’t have any symptoms.

A sexual health clinic specialises in sexual health and gives tests and treatment for many STIs - you can find a sexual health clinic near you on the NHS website. Free postal STI test kits are also available, which means you can take a test in the privacy of your home, send them off for testing and receive your results by text or phone call.

Free condoms (C-Card Scheme)

Using condoms is one way to prevent contracting and spreading STIs. Young people aged less than 25 years can access free, confidential sexual health advice and free condoms from the Condom-Card (C-Card) Scheme. You can register for the scheme, which is available across Wales, through the USW Health Service. Once registered, you can find a local pick-up point or collect from the USW nurses on campus. Find out more on the free condoms webpage.

Understanding sexual consent

You give your consent when you give permission for something to happen. This applies in all areas of life, including in your sexual relationships. Practicing consent doesn’t have to interrupt the flow of sex. It means paying attention to your partner’s actions, words and sounds every time you have sex.

In this Understanding Sexual Consent course developed by Brook, you’ll learn about the legal and ethical obligations around consent, what can affect a person’s ability to consent, and what to do if you or a friend experiences harassment or violence.

Sexual health advice and support

Contact USW Health Service
Sexual health and free STI testing
Brook - Your Free and confidential Sexual Health & Wellbeing Experts
Sexual Health Wales (Public Health Wales)

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