Healthy Campus Initiatives: Healthy Body
Rowan University supports decisions that students make regarding their own sexual health and wellness, including the decision to remain abstinent. Whatever decision you make, be informed about all your options. Know what resources are available to your and your partner.
Abstinence | Contraception | Sexually Transmitted Infections
Think sex is hotter when you’re drunk or high? Guess again. Alcohol decreases sensation for both men and women, can make it more difficult for males to achieve and maintain an erection and decrease lubrication for females. Also, according to New Jersey state law (NJSA 2C:14-1):
An individual who is physically or mentally impaired, generally, cannot give consent to sexual activity. Physical or mental impairment includes: visual, speech or hearing impaired, a person with a cognitive impairment; a person who is unconscious or sleeping; or a person who is voluntarily or involuntarily under the influence of alcohol or other substance(s).
If you have been a victim of sexual assault, please visit the Sexual Violence Prevention Program, call the Counseling and Psychological Services Center (856-256-4222), the Student Health Center (856-256-4333), or Public Safety (856-256-4911). There are on and off campus resources available to help you.
Not all college students are sexually active. Students have a variety of reasons for choosing not to have sex. According to the 2007 NCHA survey, nearly 20% of Rowan students did not have any type of sex within the past 12 months (n=1435). Decide what your definition of abstinence is and what your boundaries are and discuss these with your partner. Abstinence can mean different things to different people. Make sure you and your partner are on the same page about what you’re comfortable with.
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Contraception helps to protect both partners from STIs (sexually transmitted infections) and females from pregnancy. No form of contraception is 100% effective in prevention STIs or pregnancy. Condoms are available from the Student Health Center. Hormonal birth control (birth control pills, the ring, implants, etc.) can be obtained through your physician or through FamCare in Glassboro. Call the Student Health Center (256-4333) for information about obtaining contraception. It’s the responsibility of both partners to discuss contraception.
Safer sex means:
• Use a new condom every time you have sex (oral, anal or vaginal)
• Check the expiration date and store condoms in a cool, dry place (not your wallet or car!)
• The female condom, cervical cap, diaphragm and other methods of barrier contraceptives are available over the counter as well. Click here for information on using and obtaining other types of barrier methods of contraception.
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Sexually Transmitted Infections
Two-thirds of STIs occur in Americans under age 25. Since the most common symptom of many STIs is nothing at all, it’s important to get yourself tested regularly. FamCare in Glassboro offers STI testing as does your physician. Condoms are an effective method of helping to prevent STIs, though abstinence is the only 100% effective prevention method. Below are symptoms of common STIs in America. All of these statistics and symptoms are from the American Social Health Association. Remember many STIs show no noticeable symptoms whatsoever.
• Chlamydia: symptoms can include a burning sensation when urinating or a discharge from the genitals. Women can experience lower back pain, pain during intercourse or bleeding between menstrual periods.
• Gonorrhea: women can have bleeding during intercourse; both men and women can have a discharge from the genitals or pain during urination.
• HIV/AIDS: symptoms can be dormant for 10 years or even longer. Some symptoms may be swollen lymph glands, slight fever, fatigue or muscle aches. Currently there is no cure for HIV/AIDS though many medications exist to help manage the disease.
• Human Papillomavirus (HPV): genital warts are the most commonly recognized symptom, however many with HPV do not exhibit symptoms. Only avoiding direct contact with the virus will prevent this infection. Condom use does not directly prevent against HPV.
Both FamCare and the Gloucester County Health Department offer STI/HIV testing. Click here for more information about scheduling an appointment.
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Rowan wants you safe and healthy! On-campus resources for information related to sexual health are:
Student Health Center
Counseling and Psychological Services Center
Student Life Coordinator On-Call: 609-970-9984