Sexual Health

Your sexual health is important. Use the information on this page to get informed and learn about campus resources that can help. 

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. This chart can help you understand the multiple choices.   

Tips to remember when using contraceptives and birth control:

  • 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 a male and female condom together. This creates an increased risk of tearing one or both condoms.

Where to get contraceptives on campus

The Wellness Suite offers several types of name-brand condoms and other sexual health materials at minimal to no cost. Some supplies are free and others cost from $2-$5. Cash, debit, or credit are accepted. To purchase supplies, stop by the Wellness Suite weekdays 8am–5pm. Click here for more information. 

Condoms are also available for free in the LGBTQ Center located on the second floor of Schleman Hall. 

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Young adults, particularly those between the ages of 18-25, contract over half of all new STI cases. 

What should you know to stay healthy?

  • The semen, vaginal fluid, blood, or breast milk of an individual with an STI is capable of transmitting the disease. 
  • Some STIs are asymptomatic, meaning that they show no noticeable symptoms. This means you can carry the disease and be unaware of it. 
  • Some individulas 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.1 
  • The Purdue Student Health Center offers Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for $20/month with student health insurance for individuals at an increased risk for HIV. 
  • 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. 
  • Using barrier protection (e.g. male and female condoms) is the best way to help prevent STI infections when sexually active. 

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

Other Helpful Resources

Purdue University Student Health Center (PUSH)

PUSH offers a full range of sexual health services. The women's clinic provides STI testing, confidential sexual assault care and evaluations, transgender care, and well-women exams. PUSH also offers pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for individuals who are at an increased risk for contracting HIV. Click here to learn more about PUSH services. 

PUSH offers a free STI testing clinic in the Fall and Spring for all Purdue students. Registrations can be made on the Purdue University Student Health Center website.

Center for Advocacy, Response, and 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. 

We are located in the
CoRec Wellness Suite.

Purdue University, Recreation & Wellness, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-3109

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