"Healthy Sexuality" refers to many facets of your life as a sexual being:
- how to communicate in a healthy way about what you want from a sexual relationship and how to set your boundaries around sexual experiences you don't want;
- learning about and understanding your sexual orientation;
- evaluating and ensuring that other aspects of your intimate relationships are healthy;
- keeping yourself safe from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and pregnancy;
- knowing the signs and symptoms of STDs so that you can identify them in yourself or your partner and get treatment;
- learning how to prevent pregnancy, as well as what resources and options are available if you become pregnant.
If you are struggling with any of these issues, you can make an appointment to speak with Angela Seguin by calling 831-3457. Read on to learn more about these topics.
Facts, Self-Help & How-To Information:
- How do I communicate with my partner about sex? (coming soon)
- Where do I go for Emergency Contraception in Newark?
- How are Healthy Relationships defined? How do I know if my relationship is abusive?
- How do I avoid pregnancy? I think I might be pregnant; what do I do?
- What is "Safer Sex"? How can I set myself up for success? -- Top 10 Safer Sex tips.
- What do I do if I am sexually assaulted? How do I help a friend if it happens to them?
- I'd like to learn more about Sexual Orientation (coming soon)
- What unique health concerns might I need to know about if I am lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered?
- What is THAT!? -- Signs, Symptoms, Facts & Stats of STDs
- Where do I go for HIV Testing in Newark?
Allies at Student Wellness & Health Promotion
Some of our professional staff are trained members of the University's Ally Network providing support to those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered or Questioning on our campus. Allies support individuals who have questions or concerns about such issues as sexual identity, sexual harassment, community resources, and support systems. Allies can answer questions and make referrals to resources in our community.
Contraception & Pregnancy
For information on contraception options to avoid pregnancy, emergency contraception, or support and referral for UD students who are or might be pregnant, Student Wellness & Health Promotion provides information, detailed brochures, and one-on-one appointments with professional staff. Stop by the office for a brochure or make an appointment by calling 831-3457.
Contraception -- A good online list of common contraceptive methods with explanation is provided by Delaware Health & Social Services, along with a list of agencies providing Reproductive Health Services in Delaware.
Emergency Contraception -- If you have had unprotected sex within the last 5 days, and you are over age 17, you can purchase Plan B Emergency Contraception over the counter (without a prescription) at any pharmacy in the area. UD Students can also purchase Emergency Contraception at the Student Health Service Dispensary during it's operating hours Mon-Fri, 8:30am-Noon and 1pm-4:00pm. Please note that Plan B is most effective when taken within the first 72 hours (3 days) but can still be taken within the first 105 hours (5 days).
Possible Pregnancy -- If you think you might be pregnant, the Women's Clinic at the Student Health Service offers non-directive pregnancy testing and counseling. The all-female staff provides information, gynecological care, and options. To make an appointment, call 831-8035.
If you are Pregnant -- If you have a positive pregnancy test, and you are trying to decide what to do, there are three basic options: carrying the pregnancy to term and raising the baby yourself, carrying the pregnancy to term and placing the baby with an adoption agency for another family to adopt, or terminating the pregnancy. There are a variety of agencies in the Newark area that provide services for young women who are pregnant.
Planned Parenthood of Delaware – provides the full range of gynecological services. Specific to pregnancy, PPDE provides pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, counseling, information on family planning, and abortion. Planned Parenthood does not take a position about what you should do, but provides you with information and options so that you can make the choice that is right for you. The Newark location of Planned Parenthood is located at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Haines Street.
A Door of Hope Pregnancy Center – provides free, confidential services to young women who are pregnant. The agency has an anti-abortion viewpoint, and offers alternatives to abortion and support for young women facing an unplanned pregnancy. They also offer spiritual counseling, assistance with maternity and baby needs, and resource referrals. A Door of Hope is located at 218 East Main Street, Suite 114, in Newark.
Safe Arms for Babies – If you are a young woman thinking of abandoning your baby, Delaware law allows you to bring your baby, up to 14 days old, to any Hospital Emergency Room in Delaware. The staff will care for the baby and find the baby a home, without even asking your name. Call 1-800-262-9800 for information or just go to any hospital emergency room.
Adoption -- There are many reliable adoption agencies in the state of Delaware. Any of the above listed organizations can put you in touch with an adoption agency if you wish to pursue this option.
Our very own campus Luau! Enjoy music by DJ Amaze, ice cream by the UDairy Creamery, inflatables, prizes, henna, photo booth... FUN!!! Sponsored by Opt4.
Class of 2018 Tailgate!
Lot A, Delaware Stadium
Enjoy a pregame tailgate with your peers filled with music, food, inflatables, games, prizes, and much more exclusively for Class of 2018 students before the Blue Hens Football game vs. Colgate. Come get a group photo in front of your class banner and enter a raffle for a chance to win a variety of prizes including the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead UD’s football team out onto the field for the game! All student game tickets are subject to availability on a first-come, first-served basis. Event t-shirts will be available at check-in on a limited basis and priority will be given to those who registered as of Monday, 9/1. REGISTER HERE!
Where do you stand? Human Continuum
Redding Residence Hall Lounge
You will not sit during this program! It is designed to help you clarify where you stand regarding a variety of sexual situations and whether they rise to the level of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or sexual abuse. Presented by Sexual Offense Support (S.O.S.).
SOS' "Keep Moving Forward" 5K Walk/Run
Join us to walk or run in SOS' First ever 5K benefit event. In addition to raising funds for resources to assist victims, the 5K is also intended to inspire and motivate our community to keep moving forward toward a safer community and to empower survivors to keep moving forward in their lives. REGISTER HERE!
Brown Residence Hall
Talking about sex can be scary. Find out how your peers ask for sex in this fun, interactive exercise. Learn about verbal and non-verbal indicators your partner may use to indicate consent or non-consent, and learn some sexy new ways to ask! Presented by Sexual Offense Support (S.O.S.).
"Virgins & Sluts" presented by Guest Speaker: Sexologist, Dr. Jill McDevitt
Trabant Multi-Purpose Rms A&B
Via carefully selected video clips and anonymous audience-submitted stories, slut-shaming and virginity pledges will be explored from a feminist perspective, illuminating how America's obsession with the sex lives of women is used as a tool of oppression. From historical uses of the "virgin/whore complex" like the hanging of bloody marital bedsheets in the public square, to modern incidences such as high school purity dances and the Sandra Fluke/birth control/Rush Limbaugh/slut fiasco, this workshop will engage students to explore the role of sexuality as it relates to gender equality and violence. Dr. Jill McDevitt is a nationally recognized speaker, blogger, activist, and sexologist. She has a B.A. in Sexuality, Marriage, and Family, an M.Ed. in Human Sexuality Education, and a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality. For more information about Dr. Jill McDevitt go to www.thesexologist.org
Be the Change - Join us for Altitude's 5K Race. Register at www.races2run.com.
2nd Annual Halloween Extravaganza!
Come out for a night of dancing, games, refreshments, costumes, candy, and PRIZES! Stay tuned for details!
Get Up, Stand Up! Be a Courageous Bystander
Independence West Residence Hall Lounge
Have you ever heard a sexist or homophobic joke and wished you had confronted it? Witnessed someone name-calling or hitting another person? Seen a woman passed out drunk in a room at a house party, then a man goes in and closes the door? Were you left with the nagging feeling that someone should have intervened...yet getting involved felt too risky? According to www.safeandrespectful.org, a "Courageous Bystander" is someone who takes an active role in promoting a respectful environment, or who takes action to safely and responsibly interfere with abusive behaviors, statements, or attitudes. This interactive program helps participants learn ways to be a courageous bystander and possibly save someone from victimization and trauma. Presented by Sexual Offense Support (S.O.S.).