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Safer Sex Resources

The Women's Center, in partnership with the LGBTQA+ Center , are the distributors of safer sex supplies on UNL campus. We are committed to educating the UNL community on safer sex practices.

Safer Sex Kits

Our Safer Sex Kits include 3 latex condoms and 1 packet of lube.

Flavor Kits include 3 flavored condoms and 1 flavored lube packet.

Latex-free kits that include 3 non-latex condoms and 1 lube packet are available at all distribution points.

Internal condoms and dental dams are available upon request through the Safer Sex Kit Request Form.

Safer Sex Kit Contents Information Safer Sex Kit Request Form

Distribution Points for Safer Sex Kits

You can find Safer Sex Kits in the following locations. The Women's Center and the LGBTQA+ Center will help to restock the kits at these distribution points regularly so that our community has more convenient access to these resources.

  • 3rd Floor Hallway: Outside the Women's Center
  • LGBTQA+ Center: 3rd floor Nebraska Union
  • University Health Center Medical Clinic: 2nd floor reception desk or during an appointment with your medical provider
  • Husker Pantry: University Health Center, Room 123

Sexual Health during COVID-19

Healthy suggestions during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Thoroughly wash hands/ sex toys with soap and water before sexual use and masturbation.
  • The safest option is masturbation and/or refraining from sexual activity while still in the pandemic.
  • Avoid kissing when possible.
  • Wear masks or cloth cover during sex.
  • Utilize condoms or dental dams to reduce the contact of saliva, feces, and semen during anal and oral sex. These are available by request at the Women’s Center, UHC, and the Husker Pantry.
  • Try to reduce your number of sexual partners down to a close circle of people you are around, otherwise known as a quarantine circle.
  • If you are having sex with someone outside your quarantine circle: ask them if they have experienced symptoms within the last 14 days, have they recently been diagnosed with COVID-19, and what their vaccination status is.
  • Always make sure that you are honest with your partner(s) about your vaccination status and any exposure you may have had.
  • If you find your sexual partners online, consider using web cams, texting, or chat rooms.
  • Have conversations with your sexual partner(s) about social distancing.
  • If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or someone that you are unsure about their vaccination status, make sure to monitor your systems and test as needed.

Sources for additional information:

Nebraska Medicine University Health Center Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

You can register to receive the vaccine through the State of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department or your healthcare provider.

Campus Resources

Sexual Health Information at the University Health Center
  • STI Testing: Chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV testing is covered by student fees. Call 402.472.5000 to speak to a nurse for a doctor's order.
  • Annual gynecological and sexual health exams
  • Birth control and contraception
  • HPV Vaccine
  • Pregnancy Testing and Referrals
  • PrEP and PEP prescriptions
Services for LGBTQA+ Students
Center for Advocacy, Response, and Education (C.A.R.E.)
  • Confidential, supportive resource for victims/survivors of interpersonal violence and other crimes.
  • Provides advocacy and support for all students, faculty, and staff.
  • Site equipped with a Quick Exit button.

Off-Campus Resources

Nebraska AIDS Project
  • Nebraska AIDS Project leads the community in the fight to overcome HIV/AIDS and its stigma through education, supportive services, and advocacy.
Voices of Hope
  • Empowering those who have experienced relationship violence, sexual assault, and abuse.
Friendship Home
  • Through crisis services, emergency shelter, and transitional housing, Friendship Home helps victims of domestic violence gain insight into their trauma and guides them to use their strengths to rebuild their lives.
Planned Parenthood
  • Expert, Affordable Sexual Health Care: Planned Parenthood leads the country with the most up-to-date medical standards and guidelines for sexual and reproductive health care. Their providers have the same training as primary care providers, plus specialized education in sexual health.
  • Consent means actively agreeing to be sexual with someone. Consent lets someone know that sex is wanted. Sexual activity without consent is rape or sexual assault.
  • Consent sounds like:
    • Yes
    • I like that
    • That feels good
    • Keep going
    • I want you to ______________.
  • Consent does NOT sound like:
    • I’m not sure
    • I don’t know
    • I don’t want to
    • Maybe
    • Never mind
    • I don’t want to anymore
    • Stop
    • No
    • Would you like me to ______?
    • Can I kiss you?
    • Can I _________?
    • Are you still comfortable with this?
    • Do you want me to keep going?
    • Do you want me to stop?
    • Just checking in. Are we good to continue?
  • Some tips about consent:
    • Consent cannot be given while underage, under the influence, unconscious, or while mentally incapacitated.
    • Consent after coercion or while feeling that you are unable to say no is not consent.
    • Check in often. Just because someone has done something before or even done something with you before, doesn’t mean they still want to or that they are obligated to continue.
    • Watch for cues with your partner.
    • Discuss any sexual activity beforehand. Get an idea of their likes, dislikes, and comforts.
    • Practice understanding and support with any partner.

A graphic depicting a message. Consent: Freely Given, Reversible, Informed, Enthusiastic, Specific.

Relationships

  • Healthy relationships are very important. Even if it’s a fleeting relationship that only lasts the duration of your sexual encounter, exhibiting healthy behavior is important for both yourself and your partner(s).
  • Some characteristics of a healthy relationship are:
    • Respect – respect of each other’s boundaries and values
    • Communication – be open and honest with one another
    • Honesty – this is a big portion in communication, and is a very important part of any relationship, but especially sexual relationships.
    • Trust – never pressure or coerce your partner to do anything they are uncomfortable with
    • Problem solving – it is you and your partner versus the problem, not you and your partner versus each other
  • Some characteristics of an unhealthy relationship are:
    • Controlling tendencies
    • Hostility and/or antagonizing
    • Dependency
    • Intimidation or violence of any kind
    • Dishonesty and disrespect
  • Helpful resources on campus: