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Wellbeing

Let's talk about sex, baby...

By UALHalls 13 Sep 2016

Despite all the rumours that go around about everyone having sex ALL the time at university and especially Freshers' Week, this is not true.

What you do or don't do is entirely up to you and you should definitely not feel pressured into anything - your body, your life!

However, with your new found freedom and student lifestyle, sex isn't something you can ignore. Regardless of the situation, whether it's in a relationship or just for one night, it's worth keeping this in mind...

Keeping your sexual health in check...

You may be picky but STIs aren’t, you never know who may have one.

It’s useful to know that tests for the most common infections such as Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea simply involve a urine sample or cotton wool swab. Quick, easy and pain-free. What's more, you can order these tests for free and have them posted to you to complete at home with checkurself.org.uk. You just need to be aged between 16 and 24 years old. 

Even if you are symptom-free it is still worth getting tested regularly and it can not be easier to do so than this! 

Don't forget, testing for other sexually transmitted infections including HIV and Syphilis can be completed at the GUM clinic in your local hospital. These are tested by taking a simple blood test or saliva sample.