Welcome to the Sexual and Relationship Health page! Are you looking for workshops on topics like healthy relationships, negotiating safer sex, HIV/AIDS or other STIs, or birth control? Or perhaps you would like a confidential consultation to discuss relationship issues, birth control options or STI testing and where you can go to get tested.
Well…you have come to the right place and we are happy to assist you with anything you need to stay safer, healthier and informed. We have Sexual Health Peer Educators who can come to you and present workshops (see Health & Wellness Workshop Request form below), and you can make an appointment with our Sexual & Relationship Health Programs Manager to talk about anything you are comfortable sharing or asking by contacting Beth England-Mackie at email@example.com.
Sexual Health Consultations
Sexual health consultations are available upon request.
- HIV/AIDS + PrEP Info
- Negotiating Safer Sex
Are you interested in scheduling a fun and interactive workshop for a group of 25 or more on sexual health or healthy relationships? Fill out the workshop request form here. Additionally, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about our Health & Wellness Workshops.
Plan B Facts
Emergency contraception can be used to prevent pregnancy but will not interfere with an existing pregnancy (will not cause an abortion).
It’s recommended that women take Plan B within 72 hours of unprotected sex, but it is most effective when taken within 12 hours (up to 85% effective). Plan B can be purchased without a prescription and at any age. Ella, on the other hand, can be taken up to five days after unprotected intercourse without losing its effectiveness. Ella prevents 80-85% of pregnancies, but a prescription is needed from a nurse or doctor.
Plan B IS NOT a birth control method and should only be used in an emergency situation. You can still get pregnant and it is expensive.
Reasons to use emergency contraception are as follows:
- You did not use a condom (external condom) or other method when you had vaginal sex
- You did not take your regular birth control as prescribed (the Pill, Patch, Ring) or on time (Depo Provera shot) and had unprotected sex
- Your condom broke or slipped off during sexual intercourse
- Your partner did not pull out in time
- You were forced to have unprotected sex (please contact CARE for free and confidential support at https://care.uci.edu/ or call 824-7273)
Please consider using an effective short or long-term birth control method. Please contact Beth England-Mackie at email@example.com if you would like a birth control consultation.
Plan B is available at The UCI Student Health Center, stores like Target, CVS and Walmart, and at community clinics like Planned Parenthood or the Laguna Beach Community Clinic
PrEP and PeP
PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a one tablet, once daily medication that significantly reduces the risk of acquiring the HIV-1 virus. PrEP does NOT protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or pregnancy. Safer sex practices, like using internal (female) and external (male) condoms and dental dams are highly recommended while using PrEP as it is not 100% effective.
You must be HIV-negative before you start PrEP, and get tested every 3 months while taking PrEP.
Where you can get it:
– Student Health Center (USHIP)
– Private Insurance
– Medi-Cal and Medicaid
– Local Clinics like 17th Street Testing & Treatment (http://www.ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/dcepi/ttc)
Whether you have USHIP or another health insurance provider, Gilead’s Advancing Access (https://www.gileadadvancingaccess.com/get-started-advancing-access) may cover the cost of your co-pay, potentially bringing your payment down to $0. Not all who apply will qualify.
PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) is taking a full HIV regimen for 28 days after a known/suspected exposure to HIV.
PEP must be started within 72 hours (the sooner it is taken the higher the effectiveness rate) after a known/suspected exposure to HIV. PEP is effective in preventing HIV when administered correctly, but is NOT 100% effective.
HIV exposure can occur during consensual and non-consensual sex (sexual assault) and through sharing needles. If you think you may need PEP immediately contact an emergency room doctor or The 17th Street STD Clinic (http://www.ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/dcepi/ttc)