Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I get free condoms on campus?
Free condoms are available at the Student Wellness Office in PUSH 201. Our office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM and 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Simply visit our office and pick up a pack from the front desk. You do not have to request them and we do not ask for your name or student ID card.
Only one packet of condoms may be requested per visit, and they are intended for individual use. Lubricant packets and dental dams are available upon request.
Can I pick up condoms for my friend(s), class project, party, etc.?
No. While our office can provide condoms to individuals who will use them, we cannot provide them for other purposes. When we distribute condoms, we want to provide appropriate health education materials to each person who visits. When someone hands out condoms at an unsupervised event, we have no way of knowing whether people are getting good messages about condoms, their use, and safer sex. That’s why we ask that you get condoms for yourself only.
- If you have a friend who is too embarrassed to pick up his/her own condoms, please encourage him/her to visit at least once. We are friendly at our office, and it might be a great opportunity for your friend to ask a question or two that he or she might have about safer sex or condoms.
- If you are giving a class presentation about condoms and/or safer sex, we can provide you a condom packet to use as a visual aid. That way, you can show others what we offer and encourage them to visit on their own.
- If you are requesting condoms for your student group (e.g., fraternity, sorority, cooperative house, etc.), please contact our office. Our sexual health education coordinator can meet with you and talk about opportunities for educational programs and condom distribution at your house/meeting.
What is the correct way to use a condom?
If condoms are used correctly and consistently (meaning the right way, every time), they are very effective at preventing pregnancy and many STIs (sexually transmitted infections). But, when used incorrectly, the effectiveness rate drops dramatically. That’s why it’s important for all condom users, whether you’re an old pro or a newbie, to make sure they’re using them correctly.
- Condom Use Tips - Two-sided handout about condom use, including how to select condoms, how to store them, the use of lubricants, and how to properly put on a condom.
(Student Wellness Office)
- 9 Steps to Using a Condom - A quick step-by-step guide.
(Advocates for Youth)
Why doesn't the Student Wellness Office offer condoms lubricated with spermicide (nonoxynol-9)?
Recent research has shown that the use of spermicides containing nonoxynol-9 (N-9) may increase risk of HIV and STI transmission. N-9 can irritate the linings of the vagina, vulva, and anus. This irritation can make infection easier if someone is exposed to HIV or other STIs. Therefore, condoms without spermicide are a better option for HIV prevention. Condoms lubricated with spermicide have not been shown to be more effective at preventing pregnancy than regular condoms either.
For these reasons, we do not provide or recommend condoms lubricated with spermicide. Regular condoms offer excellent protection against pregnancy and many STIs, and they do so without any increased risk of irritation. If you choose to use condoms lubricated with spermicide, do not use them more than once a day and do not use them for anal sex.