Some people choose to have sex at university, and some don’t – everyone is entitled to their own preferences. If you do choose to have sex, remember it is important to be aware of sexual health matters, such as contraception and STIs. On this page, you can find some information on what we as a college can provide in terms of sexual health, and links to other sources of information and support.
Sexual Health Supplies
The Welfare Officers, Charlotte and Ben, collect packages of sexual health supplies from CUSU on (roughly) a weekly basis. The following items are provided:
Please be considerate of others when taking supplies. For example, if you don’t have a latex allergy, please avoid using Latex-free condoms if you can, so that there are some free for people with allergies.
Some of the items come in limited amounts, so feel free to drop an anonymous no
te in either of our pigeon holes, or use the welfare pigeon hole to let us know they need restocking. Also, if you see either location looking a bit empty, please tell us! We’ll restock them as soon as possible.
All sexual health supplies are available for free from:
- The welfare locker at the bottom of F staircase, Central Site
- BoHo Common/Party Room, Wychfield Site
Pregnancy tests can be ordered through the CUSU Advice Services website. The test will be sent discreetly to your college address.
Other sexual health supplies can also be ordered by this form, which will also be sent discreetly to you at college.
Sexual Health Clinics
The NHS recommends that it’s good to visit a sexual health clinic once per year, or every time you have a new sexual partner, even if you feel fine. They also recommend that you go to get checked up if:
- you want some sexual health advice.
- you want a check-up, even if you have no symptoms.
- you or your partner have symptoms.
- you have had unprotected sex (without a condom) with a new partner.
- you or your partner has had unprotected sex with other partners.
- you have been told you have been in contact with an infection.
- if you have been sexually assaulted
iCASH is composed of all of the NHS Sexual Health services in Cambridgeshire and the surrounding areas. They have 2 clinics in Cambridge. The first is:
Lime Tree Clinic (Contraception and Sexual Health), Brookfields Hospital, 351 Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 3DF.
They are open 2-4pm on Monday and 12:30-1:30pm on Saturdays for walk-ins with no prior appointment. Appointments can be made by calling: 0300 300 3030.
The other central clinic is:
Woodlands Surgery, 48 – 49 Bateman Street, Cambridge, CB2 1LR.
This is open on Wednesdays from 9am – 4:30pm. Appointments can be made by calling 0300 300 3030.
Follow this link for their website: http://www.icash.nhs.uk
If you’re aged 16-24, you can order a free Chlamydia test online from http://www.dontpassiton.co.uk, which allows you to discreetly get tested by post, without having to talk to anyone.
Further Information and Support
Cambridge’s Student Advice Service has a lot of info on sexual health and other forms of welfare on their website: http://www.studentadvice.cam.ac.uk/welfare/sexualhealth/
The CUSU LGBT+ Campaign also has a good website regarding sexual health: http://www.lgbt.cusu.cam.ac.uk/welfare/sexual-health/
The CUSU Welfare Officer is also available to answer any questions or queries about sexual health and supplies. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
The College Nurse is always happy to help on matters regarding health. For details, see the College Support page.
As always, you can contact either of your welfare officers, or relevant welfare sub-committee members. We’re happy to help and everything is kept confidential under our Confidentiality Policy. Our emails are on the JCR Committee and Welfare pages..