Looking after your sexual health is important. Remember to use protection, and feel free to contact us for FREE sexual health supplies: condoms, lube and pregnancy tests. There will also be regular chlamydia and HIV testing throughout the year. If you do have an STI, this is nothing to be ashamed of. Simply make sure any potential partner is aware.
Whether you are choosing to have no sex or a lot of sex, and whatever your sexual experience and orientation it is important to always establish mutual consent. Should you experience ANY form of harassment, from rape to manipulation into doing something you are uncomfortable with, we are here to support you. You can turn to any member of the college welfare team or your GP, or call one of the many helplines. We want you to feel safe, and anything that infringes on this is worth bringing to someone’s attention.
Request sexual health supplies here.
Information on sexual health and STIs. Free sexual health supplies, testing and treatment for STIs.
T: 0300 300 3030
Ask any questions about sexual health
The morning after pill is available from any pharmacy, and is free from the Boots in town.
Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre – confidential support for women and girls who have experienced rape, childhood sexual abuse or any other form of sexual violence. Helpline: 01223 245888
SurvivorsUK – for male survivors of sexual abuse. T: 020 3598 3898
University sexual misconduct and harassment – a policy and procedure for responding to harassment, bullying or other inappropriate behaviour.
Where to get hold of contraception
All members of the welfare team have a steady supply of condoms, just contact one of us, and we can provide you with some. There is also the condom machine in the laundry room for use in times of emergency. If you do end up using it, remember to leave a donation to fund this service!
CUSU sells condoms, lubricant and latex gloves at cost price. You can drop into the CUSU office (on the New Museums site in the Old Examination Halls, number 21 on this map) to pick them up or contact the CUSU Welfare & Graduates Officer. Click here for a list of the exciting goodies they have on offer:
Some contraceptives (e.g. the pill, diaphragm and cap) are available only through your GP or family planning clinic. Others can be brought over the counter from a chemist (e.g. morning after pill). If you wish to find out more about going on the pill, or want to get a diaphragm, you will need to make an appointment with you GP, there’s absolutely no need to feel embarrassed about this, they do it all the time! For more information on the morning after pill, read on!
Beyond the university, condoms are supplied free of charge by the Family Planning Association, The Laurels, Clinic 1A and some GPs. Condoms, femidoms, and lubricant are available free of charge from DHIVERSE.
Had a condom split or missed a pill? Before you panic, remember that there are two types of emergency contraception available to you, to help prevent unplanned pregnancies.
Emergency contraception pills.
These must be started within 3 days (72 hours) from the time you had sex. These pills may be referred to as ‘morning after’ pills, but this is misleading as they are effective up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. However, they are most effective if taken within the first 24 hours.
Emergency IUD (intrauterine device)
Can be fitted by a doctor or nurse up to 5 days from the time you had sex. Once it has been fitted you can keep it as a regular method of contraception.
You can get free emergency contraception from:
- most GPs
- family planning clinics
- most sexual health clinics
- most genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics
- most NHS walk-in centres (in England only)
- some hospital accident and emergency departments
- over the counter from most chemists (Boots or Superdrug in town) for around £25 – Boots now offer the Emergancy contraception pill for free
Over 95 per cent of women who take emergency contraceptive pills do not become pregnant.
If the incident happens over the weekend, as well as Boots still being an option, you can also get it prescribed from Addenbrooke’s.