Check out these resources to help you make the sexual health choices that are right for you.
Where can I learn more about STI's/STD's?
There are some trusted, reliable online resources for finding out more information about STI prevention, testing and treatment. If you want to speak with someone on-campus to learn more about your own risk or to talk about testing and treatment, you can make an appointment with a provider at University Student Health Services or check out their Sexual Health Resources page for some great online information!
Where can I get tested?
- STI Testing: $20 for gonorrhea & chlamydia testing, and $15 for HIV & syphilis testing ($35 total for all).
- Free HIV, gonorrhea & chlamydia testing *By appointment only*
Health Brigade and The Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention offer free HIV fingerstick testing to students (VCU ID required) at the University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms (results in 30 minutes). Check our Events Calendar for upcoming dates!
- Free, drop-in screening for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV.
- HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, trichomoniasis, herpes testing.
- Free PrEP services.
- Free HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea & chlamydia testing by appointment.
- Free drop-in HIV, gonorrhea & chlamydia testing
Which birth control or barrier methods are right for me?
It's best to begin by talking to your health care provider to weigh the pros and cons of each method to inform your decision. If you don’t have a provider near campus, consider making an appointment with University Student Health Services.
Learn more about the Sexual Health and Wellness Services they offer to VCU Students.
What is consent?
Affirmative Consent is:
- Informed (knowing)
- Voluntary (freely given)
- Active (not passive)
This means that through the demonstration of clear words or actions, a person has indicated permission to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity. Remember:
- Consent to one act does not constitute consent to another act
- The existence of a prior or current relationship does not, in itself, constitute consent
- Consent can be withdrawn or modified at any time before or during sexual activity
- Consent is not implicit in a person’s manner of dress or flirtatious behavior
Read VCU's Sexual Misconduct/Violence and Sex/Gender Discrimination Policy to learn more about how VCU defines consent.