Sexual Health

Wellness Resource Center supports you in making whatever sexual decisions you choose. We want you, and your partner, to be smart and safe when deciding your level of sexual activity.

STD/STI Information & Barrier Protection

It is vital to protect yourself from possible sexually transmitted diseases and infections. The number one symptom of an STI is nothing at all, so make sure you use protection every time! - Barrier methods of protection help minimize risk for STDs/STIs and pregnancy. There are a number of options for you to choose from.

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are caused by infections that are passed from one person to another during sexual contact. Often these infections do not cause any symptoms. Medically, infections are only called diseases when they cause symptoms. That is why STDs are also called "sexually transmitted infections." There are many kinds of sexually transmitted diseases and infections and they are very common. More than half of all of us will get one at some time in our lives.

The good news is there are a number of ways to protect yourself and each other from STDs. Practicing safer sex allows you to reduce your risk of getting sexually transmitted diseases. And if you've done anything that puts you at risk of infection, getting tested allows you to get any treatments you may need.

HIV- Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is the virus that causes AIDS.  There are an estimated 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States and 1 out of 7 are unaware of their status (CDC 2012).  - In 2013, 85% of high school students reported that they had been taught about AIDS or HIV infection in school.  However, there are still gaps in knowledge about HIV/AIDS. One-third of teens ages 12-17 do not know that HIV is an STI (CDC. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System: US, 2013. 2014.

  • At the end of 2010, an estimated 1,144,500 persons aged 13 and older were living with HIV infection in the United States, including 180,900 (15.8%) persons whose infections had not been diagnosed.
  • Pennsylvania has the 9th highest rate of HIV diagnoses in 2012
  • In 2011, an estimated 49,081 people in the United States were diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. About 1 in 6 people with HIV in the United States do not know that they are infected.
  • HIV is transmitted from person to person and risk of transmission is increased when an individual engaged in high risk sexual behaviors included unprotected vaginal, anal and or oral sex.  Risk is reduced when individuals get tested and know their HIV status,engage in protected sex in a mutually monogamous relationship.  Testing and counseling are available at the Wellness Resource Center on a walk-in basis for free.

Information on specific sexually transmitted diseases.


STDs can be prevented through protection such as condoms and dental dams. Testing is made available to members of the Temple community at Wellness Resource Center and Student Health Services. Find more information on contraception and birth control at

  • Barrier protection methods are available at Wellness Resource Center. Other forms of contraception and birth control are available at Student Health Services for all Temple students.

External Condom/Male Condom

Used on a male penis to provide protection during oral, vaginal, and anal sexual intercourse.

1.    Get verbal consent from partner

2.    Check condom expiration date

3.    Check condom packaging

4.    Open carefully and remove condom from package

5.    Place a drop of water-based lubricant inside the tip of the condom

6.    Pinch tip of the condom as it is placed on the head of the penis

7.    Put condom on and roll to the base of the penis

8.    “Burp” condom---pinch tip and gently guide any air towards the base of the penis and out of the condom

9.    Use a water-based lubricant on the outside

10.   ACTION

11.   Withdraw erect penis while holding the base of the condom

12.   Remove and dispose

Internal Condom/Female Condom

The female condom is a great method for women who want to manage their own protection – no need to make sure that someone else has protection. This can be inserted a couple hours in advance of sexual activity, which can be convenient.

Steps to using a female condom:

1.    Get verbal consent from partner.

2.    Open the female condom packaging carefully.

3.    While holding the female condom at the closed end, grasp the flexible inner ring and squeeze it with the thumb and second or middle finger so it becomes long and narrow.

4.    Choose a position that is comfortable for insertion – squat, raise one leg, sit or lie down.

5.    Place the index finger on the inside of the condom, and push the inner ring up as far as it will go. Be sure the sheath is not twisted. The outer ring should remain on the outside of the vagina.

6.    The female condom is now in place and ready for use with your partner.

7.    To remove the female condom, twist the outer ring and gently pull the condom out.

8.    Throw the female condom in the trash.

Dental Dam

A dental dam is a stretchable square of latex used as a barrier for safer sex during cunnilingus — oral stimulation of the clitoris and vulva — and analingus — oral stimulation of the anus.

Steps to using dental dam:

1.    Hold the dental dam over the vulva or anus

2.    Make sure the dental dam remains in one place

3.    Always keep the same side against the body

4.    DO NOT share or reuse

5.    Throw the dental dam in the trash


Definition of Consent

Consent for any sexual activity is the centerpiece for preventing sexual coercion and unwanted sexual behavior. Consent can and should be incorporated as an essential part of sexual communication.

  • Consent is a voluntary, sober, enthusiastic, wanted, informed, mutual, honest, and verbal agreement.
  • Consent is an active agreement; Consent cannot be coerced.
  • Consent is a process; it must be granted every step of the way.
  • Consent is never implied and cannot be assumed, even in the context of a relationship. Just because you are in a relationship does not mean that you have permission to have sex with your partner.
  • A person who is intoxicated cannot legally give consent. If you are too drunk to make decisions and communicate clearly with your partner, you are too drunk to consent.
  • The absence of a "NO" is NOT a "YES"
  • Both partners must be involved in the decision to have sex.

Help a Friend

If a friend approaches you for help regarding sexual health, it is important to ensure you support them and provide correct information. Wellness Resource Center would love to help you both learn about sexual health.

- How to Be

If a friend comes to you with a sexual health issue or question, try to be as supportive and non-judgmental as possible. Ask if there is anything you can do to help them, including going to Student Health Services, Tuttleman Counseling, or Wellness Resource Center for them to get additional help.

Support Yourself

Remember to stay calm and to be there for your friend. If an issue has become more than you to handle comfortably, suggest to your friend to seek additional help. You are not meant to provide all the support possible, sometimes your critical role will be connecting a friend to additional support.


There are many resources on and off-campus to help you learn about sexual health, and make the best choices for yourself and your partner.