In a national survey from 2015, 57.2% of students reported that they have had difficulty dealing with relationships whether social or intimate. Your relationships can affect your academic progress so we want you to Be Real. Be There. Student Health Services has created a “Safe Space” and is a “Safe Zone” for all students seeking information about sexual health and healthy relationships.
How can students evaluate the health of their relationships?
Use the acronym HEART to remember the necessary foundations to of healthy relationships.
In addition to these five foundations, there are also other components that facilitate an ongoing healthy relationship. Do you recognize any of these in your relationships?
- Communication: sharing what you value, need & want
- Boundaries: respecting each other’s time & space
- Empowerment: supporting each other
How can students take care of their sexual health?
Sexual Health is a state of physical, mental, and social well-being in relation to sexuality. It 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.
Did you know? 1 in 2 sexually active young people will get an STI by the age of 25. Most won't know it. Make an appointment to get tested at the Student Health Center: https://www.sa.sc.edu/shs/mhsonline/
Free Safer Sex Supplies
The Sexual Health Office provides FREE safer sex supplies, including male and female condoms, dental dams, finger cots, and lubricant. We supply a variety of brands of condoms that are not only FREE but also proven safe.
If you are sexually active, using condoms consistently and correctly is the best way to protect yourself and your partner.
- The 10 Steps To Using Male and Female Condoms: https://www.sa.sc.edu/shs/cw/students/sexualhealth/puttingcondom
What resources are offered on campus?
Student Health Services’ Sexual Health Office is located in
Center for Health and Well-Being 101A
The Sexual Health Office does not simply serve as a FREE condom dispensary, but provides a holistic approach to sexual health in consultations, group discussions, and community outreach. You can schedule to meet with us or drop-in for any reason related to sexual health or relationships. To schedule, call 803-777-1835 or go online to MyHealthSpace.
- STD/I and HIV Testing
- Birth control (contraception)
- Condoms and other protection
- Abstinence Education
- Women's Health at USC Student Health Services – Provides a variety of services including contraceptive information & counseling, pregnancy information, vaccines, and medical services
- Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention
- Counseling and Psychiatry
- Office of Multicultural Student Affairs – Hosts programs related to healthy relationships, safe sex, and support for LGBT students
- Pharmacy at the Center for Health and Well-Being – Allows students to transfer their birth control prescriptions
- Student Health Services offers a presentation discussing various birth control methods: https://www.sa.sc.edu/shs/cw/students/sexualhealth/birth-control-module/
What can I do if I have been or know of a victim of sexual assault / relationship violence?
Report a Sexual Assault here: http://www.sc.edu/about/initiatives/safety/stop_sexual_assault/index.php
Speak with an advocate in Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention (SAVIP) office: https://www.sa.sc.edu/shs/savip/support/
Please call 803-777-8248 or walk in during business hours. After hours, call USCPD at 803-777-4215 and ask to speak with the SAVIP advocate. *You do not have to provide information regarding the incident to USCPD
SAVIP also offers additional confidential reporting methods here: http://www.sc.edu/about/initiatives/safety/stop_sexual_assault/contacts/index.php
Stand-Up Carolina is the University of South Carolina’s bystander accountability initiative, encouraging students to Step In. Speak Up. if they notice negative situations: https://www.sa.sc.edu/shs/savip/stand-up/
Here are some tips for being an active bystander: http://www.sc.edu/about/initiatives/safety/stop_sexual_assault/how_we_can_help/as_a_student/someone_needs_help/index.php
What community resources are available?
Harriet Hancock LGBT Center – Is an advocate for the LGBT community and hosts a safe space for the South Carolina Community: http://harriethancockcenter.org/
Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands – Provides crisis services to those in need: https://www.stsm.org/
South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy: https://www.teenpregnancysc.org/
What national resources are available?
American Sexual Health Association: http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Sexual Health: http://www.cdc.gov/sexualhealth/