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Sexual Health

Being sexually healthy is about having safer, satisfying, and pleasurable sexual experiences. This can include protecting yourself from STIs, preventing unintended pregnancies, and having healthy relationships.

Talking about safer sex, testing, and STIs can be difficult, but open communication is important for healthy sexuality.

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Wow, same. Real sexy stories from real sexy people.

Read the submissions of your peers to our sexual health initiative, “Wow, same”. This is a set of booklets aiming to normalize funny sexual experiences, body insecurities, and the changes that COVID-19 have brought to our sex lives.

Booklet 1: Wow, Same. Funny Stories

Booklet 2: Wow, Same. Insecurities

Booklet 3: Wow, Same. COVID Changes.

COVID-19 dating and hookup safety guide

We’ve had to adapt all our activities during COVID-19. Sex is no exception.

The Sexual Health Team from the Wellness Outreach Teams here at McMaster have created a COVID-19 dating and hookup safety guide. Covering harm reduction tips and information regarding consent, masturbation, dating, virtual sex, online dating, and in-person sex, you’re guaranteed to learn something new from the guide.

Click here to download: COVID-19 Dating and Hookup Safety Guide

Sex Positivity

According to Sexual Health and Reproductive Awareness Week, “Sex positivity embraces sexuality with the view that the only relevant concerns when it comes to a sexual act, practice, or experience are the consent, pleasure, and wellbeing of the people engaged in it or the people affected by it.” It does not place any moral value on different sexualities or sex acts. Many people mistake sex positivity with enthusiasm for sex, being sexually adventurous, or with the belief that sex is always a good thing.

Sex positivity is:
  • Saying yes to the sex you do want and no to the sex you don’t want
  • Accepting others’ choices and respecting everyone’s ability to choose
  • Respecting the right of everyone to make sexual choices that fit with their own personal values
  • Not believing in hierarchies of sexualities and genders
  • Accepting that your thoughts, feelings, and choices around sex are good and natural

 

Sexual Health Plan

A sexual health plan is an important tool that can help you achieve or maintain sexual health. It involves mapping out what you want or don’t want with regards to sex, as well as how you plan to take care of your sexual health and wellbeing. There is no right or wrong way to create a sexual health plan; it is your own individualized plan that reflects your values and personal circumstances. The Sexual Health and Reproductive Awareness Week website has more information about sexual health plans, including a few questions that can help you start thinking about and creating your own personal sexual health plan.

 

(Adapted from Sexual Health and Reproductive Awareness Week)

Resources

If you are looking for on-campus resources, visit the SWC clinic (MUSC B101) for pregnancy testing, STI testing, and free external condoms, or the SWELL (MUSC B118) for free external condoms.

If you are looking for community resources, see the Sexual Health Clinics in Hamilton web page, which includes their services, locations, and hours. The closest sexual health clinic to McMaster is the Downtown Clinic at the David Braley Health Science Centre (100 Main Street West, 3rd Floor) open Wednesdays from 4:30pm-7pm.