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Sexual Wellness

Sexual wellness requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination, and violence.

Characteristics of Sexual Wellness:

  • Having a level of comfortability in your expression of your gender and sexuality
  • Ability to use communication and consent when engaging in sexual activity

Achieve Sexual Wellness:

  • Get tested once a year to check if you have any STIs (sexually transmitted infections)
    • MSM (men who have sex with men) and those with multiple sexual partners
      should get tested every 3-6 months
  • Ask for consent with every partner you have
  • Use contraception to reduce risk of pregnancy and contraction of STIs


  1. Free condoms are located outside the Health Promotion Office at the Turner Center 212 or at
    the Student Health Services building

    • Come pick up female or male condoms anonymously
    •  Purchase condoms at the pharmacy at University Health Center
  2. Emergency contraception is available for purchase at the University Health Center Pharmacy
  3. At-home pregnancy tests are available for purchase at the University Health Center Pharmacy

STD Information: Where to get tested

The University of Mississippi Health Center provide STD testing for a fee. Contact the Health
Center at 662-925- 7274 to schedule an appointment.
The Department of Health Promotion provides HIV testing for free. Contact Health Promotion at
662-915- 3459 for an appointment.
The Lowdown on STD’s

STI (Sexual Transmitted Infections) Testing

Did you know 1 in 2 sexually active individuals will contract an STI by the age of 25 and most
won’t even know it? Get tested today!

Free RAPID HIV TESTING located at Student Health Services. Call (662) 915-7274 for an

June 27
July 12, 19, 26
August 2 & 9

For more information on STIs and testing please visit:
The Lowdown on STDs:
Student Health Services:

For more information about contraception options, birth control methods or prescriptions please schedule an appointment with Student Health Services by calling (662) 915-7274.


Violence Prevention:
The Violence Prevention Office is dedicated to providing the University of Mississippi with a
safe environment for all students, staff and faculty. Using the Green Dot Strategy, the Violence
Prevention Office focuses on the following topics:

  1. Stalking
  2. Assault
  3. Predatory drugs
  4. Student Conduct Policies


Violence Prevention Office

UM Safe Office

Women’s Health:

Women, it is important to be well-educated about your health and wellness. Below you will find medically accurate information in regards to taking care of your well-being. Check out the various health topics and how they affect women. If you would like more information on any of these topics, please call Health Promotion at 662-915-6543.

Know your options for birth control.

Chances for getting pregnant are less than 1 in 100 women using:

  • Implant (Nexplanon)
  • IUD (Skyla)
  • IUD (Mirena)
  • IUD (ParaGard)
  • Sterilization

Chances for getting pregnant are 6-9 in 100 women depending on method using:

  • Pill
  • Patch
  • Ring
  • Shot (Depo-Provera)

Chances for getting pregnant are 12-24 in 100 women depending on method using:

  • Withdrawal
  • Diaphragm
  • Fertility Awareness
  • Condoms (both male and female)

Breast Cancer: What you need to know for early detection!

Signs of breast cancer:

  • Breast or nipple pain
  • Swelling in one or both breasts
  • Skin irritation or dimpling
  • Clearly or blood nipple discharge
  • Lump(s) in one or both breasts

Do a self-exam MONTHLY for early detection of breast cancer:

  1. In the shower, move hands in a circular motion around each breast.
    1. Check for any lumps in the breasts
  2. In front of a mirror, visually inspect your breasts with your arms at your side and then with them above your head.
    1. Check for dimpling in skin, swelling in a breast, or changes in the nipple.
  3. Lying down, rub your hands around each breast in a circular motion. This will spread the breast tissue out to thoroughly check for lumps or hard knots.

Men’s Health:

Attention, men! Health Promotion recognizes the need for providing you with medically accurate information of how to take care of your health and wellness. Come and explore various health topics and how they affect men. If you would like more information on any of these topics, please call Health Promotion at 662-915-6543.

Be clean by taking care of your personal hygiene:

  • Shower daily
  • Wash and change clothes regularly
  • Shampoo and detangle hair regularly
  • Clip your fingernails
  • Brush and floss your teeth daily
  • Gently clean any facial hair regularly

Let’s talk about sex!

It is not uncommon for younger men to experience erectile dysfunction. Most erectile dysfunction in younger men stems from anxiety surrounding thoughts of getting someone pregnant or having performance issues.

Take care of your sexual health by stopping by Turner Center 212 and picking up condoms, lube, and dental dams for FREE!

Testicular Self-exam.

For men ages 15-35, testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer.

Signs of testicular cancer:

  • Enlargement of a testicle
  • Loss in size of a testicle
  • Heaviness of scrotum
  • Slight ache in the lower abdomen, groin, or back
  • Pain or ache in testicle or scrotum
  • Tenderness in the breast

Do a self-exam MONTHLY for early detection of testicular cancer:

  1. If possible, stand in front of a mirror.
  2. Hold one testicle at a time in your hands between the thumbs and fingers.
  3. Check for any unusual lumps, change in size or consistency, or smooth and rounded bumps.
  4. If you notice any of the signs, contact a urologist right away.

Other Services:

  •  Routine annual gynecological exams and counseling (appointments required; call
  •  Referrals to gynecologists when indicated for management of abnormal pap smears
  •  Treatment for menstrual irregularity
  •  Pregnancy testing, counseling and referrals
  •  Gardasil (human papilloma virus/HPV) vaccine
  •  Counseling on sexual activity and decision making for good health and wellness

For more information on other services provided to students surround sexual wellness, please
visit: Student Health Services: