Sexual Well-Being

Overview

Check out resources and information below to learn about safer sex, programs, and more!

The World Health Organization defines sexual health as:

“…a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.” (WHO, 2006a)

See the links below for information and resources to support your sexual health!

Programs and Services

To request a program or additional information, email our health educator at mhutch12@jhu.edu.

Condom Program

Our current condom program is paused during Fall 2020. Needing assistance finding access to free or low-cost condoms? Email our health educator to be connected with resources or check out our new PDF Document: Condom Guide to find free condoms in your state! The Condom Guide will be updated periodically. If you have resources that you would like to have added to the PDF, email mhutch12@jhu.edu.

Our condom program helps students access condoms at a discounted price! For just $4 per pack of 12, you can confidentially order Trojan or Durex brand condoms. Feeling adventurous? Try a variety pack to test out several brands, textures, and flavors of condoms. Order condoms online.

Sexual Health Information

Barrier Methods for Safer Sex

External Condoms
External condoms, sometimes known as male condoms, can be used for vaginal, anal, or oral sexExternal and internal condom displayed on a pink and yellow background on a penis and with toys.

  • External condoms protect against STIs and pregnancy
  • 98% effective at protecting against pregnancy when used correctly
  • Made of latex (rubber) or plastic (polyurethane, nitrile, or polyisoprene)
  • Many different types and sizes

Internal Condoms
Internal condoms, sometimes known as female condoms, can be used for vaginal or anal sex and with toys.

  • Internal condoms protect against STIs and pregnancy
  • 95% effective at protecting against pregnancy when used correctly
  • Internal condoms are nitrile or polyurethane pouches that are inserted into the vagina before sex or used for anal sex by removing the ring
  • Internal condoms cover the vulva, providing protection from skin-to-skin contact during sex

Dental Dams
Latex or polyurethane sheets used between the mouth and vulva or anus during oral sex.

  • Protect against STIs during oral sex
  • If using flavored dental dams, make sure to have the flavored side toward the mouth
  • External condoms can be cut to make a dental dam

Capes
Capes can be made from a glove to be used for trans men who have a t-penis, which is an engorged clitoris from testosterone. Cut off the fingers of the glove and the side opposite of the thumb. The t-penis will fit into the thumb portion of the glove.

Information from: Planned Parenthood.

Birth Control

See SHWC to learn how to get certain types of birth control.

Learn about the different types of birth control here.

STI Testing and Other Sexual Health Tips

  1. If you are sexually active, know your STI/HIV status
  2. Get a free testing service for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and HIV if you live in Maryland, Washington DC, and Alaska.
  3. Make an appointment with SHWC for confidential STI testing.
  4. Get and give consent with your partner(s) (see Gender Violence page)
  5. Practice safer sex by using barrier methods and/or birth control methods
  6. Communicate and listen to your partner(s) about wants, desires, safer sex issues, and boundaries.
  7. Avoid using alcohol and other drugs before and during sexual activity
  8. Stay up to date on annual exams

Personal Lubricant

Personal lubricants also known as lube, can be used for vaginal, anal, or oral sex and with toys.

Water-based lubricants

  • Water-based lubricants can be used with latex, polyisoprene, and polyurethane condoms, dental dams, sex toys, or gloves
  • Ideal for sensitive skin or vaginal irritation
  • Not good for water-play/shower sex
  • May need frequent re-application

Silicone-based lubricants

  • Silicone-based lubricants can be used with latex or polyurethane condoms and any latex dental dams or gloves
  • Do not use with silicone-based sex toys
  • Long-lasting and very slippery
  • Preferred lubricant for anal sex

Oil-based lubricants

  • Oil-based lubricants are not recommended for safer sex with a partner or partners
  • Oil-based lubricants break down latex condoms and products and diaphragms, reducing their effectiveness

Information from Clue.

Additional Resource Websites

JHU Campus Well – Sexual Health

Check out the JHU Campus Well content on sexual health. From relationship advice to STI status, Campus Well has a plethora of articles to help you learn more about sexual health.

Parents’ Insurance and Sexual Health Services

If you are concerned about your parent(s) or guardian(s) knowing about the sexual health services you are receiving such as birth control, PrEP, and STI testing read this article to see how you can maintain privacy.

HIVInfo

HIVinfo is a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) project that offers the latest federally approved information on HIV/AIDS clinical research, treatment and prevention, and medical practice guidelines for people living with HIV/AIDS, their families and friends, health care providers, scientists, and researchers.

American Sexual Health Association

The American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) is an informational resource where you can learn about your sexual and reproductive anatomy, STIs, sex and relationships, and more!

It’s Your Sex Life

It’s Your Sex Life is another informational website focused on reducing unintended pregnancy, preventing the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS, and open communication with partners and healthcare providers.

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care advocate and provider. Planned Parenthood offers high-quality health care, including birth control and family planning, gynecological care, STI/STD testing and treatment, pregnancy testing, and abortion services. Planned Parenthood’s website offers a plethora of information regarding sexual and reproductive health.

Scarleteen

Scareleteen is a comprehensive and inclusive sex education website for teens and young adults. Learn about communication, making decisions around sex, dating advice, and more! Check out recent blogs around dating during COVID-19, arousal, and other relevant topics.

Healthy Bodies Safer Sex

PDF Document: A comprehensive guide to safer sex, relationships, and reproductive health for trans or non-binary people and their partners.

Safer Sex for Trans Bodies

The HRC Foundation, in partnership with Whitman-Walker Health, released Safer Sex for Trans Bodies, a comprehensive sexual health guide for transgender and gender-expansive people and their partners. The guide is written by and for members of the transgender community and offers them a long-overdue resource on potentially life-saving and affirming practices, from respectful terminology and definitions to helpful practices for sexual health following transition-related care.