Welcome to a special edition of Wellness Wednesday happening on a Thursday!
CW: sex mention, STI mention, pregnancy mention, sexual violence mention
During university, many students begin exploring sexuality. Like any new venture, it’s best to minimize risks by being knowledgeable and taking precautions. Most importantly, make sure you’re aware of internal and external pressures that might be pushing you toward something you don’t want or somebody else doesn’t want. Nothing is a race or a challenge and respect for boundaries is absolutely essential. Here are some resources at UofT and nearby to help you learn and prepare.
“The University of Toronto Sexual Education and Peer Support Centre is a 100% not-for-profit, volunteer-run student service/student group at the University of Toronto, St. George campus.” 21 Sussex, room 612 is where you can go to get any safe sex supplies you need, such as condoms of all different kinds, dental dams, gloves, and even menstrual supplies and pregnancy tests. They also offer peer support programs and educational programs.
The Health and Wellness Centre offers services related to birth control, emergency contraception, STI care, pregnancy support. If you have OHIP or UHIP, you can access University health services
If you’ve experienced sexual violence or know somebody who has and may need help, you can try contacting the Sexual Violence Prevention & Support Centre. On this link is also contact information for other resources around the GTA.
And of course, if you’re in danger, you should call the police at 911.
Be safe and healthy, AVSSU!