Sexual Health at HPW:
Our goal is to foster a sex positive culture for SF Students and provide them with the tools and resources necessary for them to make informed decisions about their sexual health.
We do this by:
- Access to FREE safer sex supplies, such as external & internal condoms, lube, and dental dams
- Having health educators available to answer questions in a variety of health areas
- Providing a variety of on and off campus resources regarding sexual health and other health areas
Sexual Health Programs
Due to changes regarding COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, the following programs are suspended until further notice:
- Condom Caboose: Our mobile sex education station that offers a variety of condoms, lubes, and other safer sex supplies for free!
- Condom Dispensers: In the Cesar Chavez lobby next to the ATMs and across the locker rooms in the Mashouf Wellness Center for more free condoms!
- Menstruation Station: Students can pick up free tampons and pads and can learn about tips for managing PMS and other educational information.
- STI Testing Van: San Francisco AIDS Foundation offers free testing for sexuality transmitted infections on campus.
Resources are available to students at our front office during our limited in-person service hours:
- Menstrual Health Kits: Menstrual health kits are prepackaged kits which included different sized pads and tampons.
- Condom Kits: Condoms kits are prepackaged bags with a variety of safer sex supplies, such as condoms, lube, and dental dams. These kits can also be requested via mail.
Please follow all posted safety guidelines when visiting our office, including wearing a face covering.
Here are few resources for those looking for sexual health clinic resources, LGBTQAI+ community outreach and organizations, and more!
SF State community groups, organizations, and departments can request free condoms, lube, and sexual health information for their programs, events, and classes.
Sexual Health 101: The Basics
These topics provide an introduction to the main topics most often addressed when discussing sexual health and sex education.
Safer sex options typically refer to practices people use to protect themselves and their partners from sexually transmitted infections and/or pregnancy. Here we offer a quick over view of different birth control methods, condoms, lube, & other supplies, and other resources.
Prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) is part of sexual health. It’s important to know what STI’s are, how’re they transmitted, how to prevent them, and where, when, why to get tested. For a summary of what sexually transmitted infections are, visit Quick Guide to STIs and STDs.
Whether it’s your first time having sex, a random hook up, or getting down with a long time partner or partners, talking about sex can be difficult. Verbal communication is essential for obtaining sexual consent so talking about sex should be a normal part of every sexual encounter Learn more about what is and is not consent, tips for talking about sex, and other resources.
Sexuality and gender are part of how people explore, understand, and express themselves. Each exist on a spectrum and can refer to how someone identifies, how they express themselves, and who they’re attracted to. This section offers a basic overview of what sexuality and gender are.
Trans Student Educational Resources provides and list of terms & definitions regarding gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, and more. They aim to keep the list as up to date as possible, recognizing that the terms within the LGBTQ+ can and will change, as queer and trans language changes.
Sexual Health Workshops
Attend an Open Workshop: Health Promotion & Wellness offers a variety of open workshops each semester. Feel free to drop-in to any workshop.
Request a Workshop: Health Promotion & Wellness provides free workshops to the SF State Community. Please submit a request at least three weeks in advance of the date requested.
In a world of social media, dating apps, and sexting, sexual communication is forever evolving. This workshop covers how consent can be sexy, verbal and non-verbal communication styles, and how to navigate sexting as a form of sexual communication.
Engaging in a relationship should be fun and exciting! This workshop highlights ways people can work toward building healthy bonds and explores how less recognized forms of control lead to unhealthy and even abusive relationships.
From consent and communication, to barrier methods and testing, our sexual health educator provides an overview of safer sex practices and is ready to answer your questions about sex and intimacy and making sex safer for you and your partners.
The pill, patch, ring, shot, implant, IUD, the list goes on! Join this workshop to learn the buzz birth control options. We will explore how each method works, their pros and cons, and how each method can cater to different needs and lifestyles. We will also discuss emergency contraception myths and facts as well as the benefits of dual birth control options like condoms and birth control.