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Sexual Health

What does it mean to be sexually healthy?  Does it mean practicing safer sex or total abstinence?  The best answer to these questions is that intimacy is a personal decision to you, so long as it makes you feel good, doesn't hurt others and is respectful of your body and of your partner.  Communication is the key.  LIFE encourages all students to make the choice that best represents their goals in life, values and personal expectations.  If you do choose to engage in sexual activity make sure you are making safe choices both to prevent pregnancy and STI's (sexually transmitted infections).

Remember that abstinence is always a good choice---it is the best means of disease prevention and pregnancy prevention out there!!!  Whatever decision you make---you are sure to learn a lot by reading this page and checking out some of the excellent links!!!

Women
Once a woman becomes sexually active or reaches 21 she should have a pap test.  This test checks for early signs of cancer and often detects abnormalities which may be signs of STI's.  A Women's Health session is conducted prior to the exam by a Student Health nurse.  Breast self-exams are important to do each month just after menstruation.  To learn how to do a breast self-exam click here.      

Men
Testicular cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer among young men, including those of college age.  It can usually be cured if found early.  To learn how to do this important exam check out this Web site.