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Sexual Health

Contraceptives & Birth Control

There are many options when it comes to contraceptives and birth control. They come in different forms, work in different ways, and vary in availability and effectiveness.

  • Hormonal birth control options do not protect against sexually transmitted infections.
  • Do not use oil based lubricants with latex condoms as the the oil based lubricant can cause the condom to break down and tear. 
  • Never use two condoms at the same time. This includes "doubling up" on male condoms, or using an external and internal condom together. This creates an increased risk of tearing one or both condoms.

Where to Get Contraceptives on Campus

  • RecWell sells a variety of condom packages for $5. You can explore the different packages here.
    • Sign in using BoilerKey
    • Click on "Wellness & Nutrition Sales"
    • Choose "Wellness: Premium Latex or Latex-free Condoms"
  • Condoms are available for free in the LGBTQ Center located on the second floor of Schleman Hall.
  • For hormonal birth control options, contact PUSH.
  • For emergency contraceptive options, you can consult the Purdue University Pharmacy. 

Sexually Transmitted Infections

  • Some STIs are asymptomatic, meaning that they show no noticeable symptoms. This means you can carry the disease and be unaware of it. 
  • Some individuals are at greater risk for contracting STIs. Women, men who have sex with men, some ethnic and racial minority groups, and LGBTQ individuals are at an increased risk for contracting STIs.
  • Get tested once every six months if you are sexually active. If you change partners frequently, it is recommended you get tested after each new partner.

For a comprehensive understanding of STIs, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. For more LGBTQ information you can click here


Helpful Campus Resources

Purdue University Student Health Center(PUSH)

PUSH offers a full range of medical & sexual health services. The women's clinic provides STI testing, confidential sexual assault care and evaluations, transgender care, and well-women exams.

Center for Advocacy, Response & Education (CARE)

The CARE center provides confidential support and advocacy for survivors of sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Educational Programming

Want to bring like knowledge to your group? We offer sexual health educational presentations. Request a presentation today.