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Sexual Health

The concept of sexual health varies greatly among individuals. Like other aspects of our health and well-being, having knowledge and understanding about sexual health creates opportunities for us to lead healthy lives. Campus Wellness and Education promotes sexual health on campus not only to contribute to the well-being of individuals, but it will also improve the overall well-being of our campus community. We provide evidence-based health education resources, harm reduction supplies and opportunities for students to learn from health care providers. We also collaborate with campus and community partners to support and host sexual health events and campaigns on campus.  

For a better understanding of the wholistic view we take on sexual health, consider the following working definition of sexual health by The World Health Organization:  

“…a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health 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. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.” (WHO, 2006a).” 


UBCO EXPRESS STI TESTING. Can you make time for a quickie?

1. Express STI Testing

Drop in | Every other Thursday | 12:30pm-3:00pm | Sept-April | Residence Wellness Hub (NCH 251)

In an ongoing effort to make testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) more accessible and convenient, the Student Health Clinic is providing express STI screening in the Nechako Residence at the Residence Wellness Hub (NCH 251). No appointment is needed.

For more information about this event please visit the Residence Wellness Hub Website.

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** Remember to bring your Provincial Health Number or iMed so we can send your samples to the lab. We will also need your student number for registration.

How It Works 

Routine STI (sexually transmitted infection) testing includes screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea. 

  • Once you arrive at intake, we will email or text you a questionnaire. 
  • The nurse will call you over and will explain how to collect your own samples and you will take the provided swabs or urine cup to a nearby bathroom. It’s fast, easy and painless. 
  • Once finished, you will return your samples (in a paper bag) and we will be in touch within 2 weeks if there are any positive results. No news is good news! 
  • The whole process takes a few minutes. 
  • We may also give you a requisition to get bloodwork done at a community lab. This tests for HIV, syphilis and makes sure you are still immune to Hepatitis B. 

Why get tested?  

The only way to know if you have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) is to get tested, since it is common not to have any symptoms when you have an STI. The good news is that STIs are manageable, if not curable! The bad news is that if left untreated, they can lead to complications. Using condoms can reduce your risk of getting an STI but it does not eliminate your risk. If you’re sexually active, regular STI testing is key! 

What if you want more privacy or time to ask the nurse personal questions? 

We recognize that these events are not for everyone. If this is the case for you, you can book a private appointment at the Student Health Clinic (UNC 337). For more information on how to book, please visit the Student Health Clinic page here. 

Nurse on campus. Wednesdays | 12-2 | PICNIC (UNC 122B)

2. Nurse on Campus

Drop-in | Wednesdays | 12:00-2:00pm | sept- April | PICNIC (UNC 122B)

Drop-in and chat with our nurse on campus. No appointment needed to access this free service.  

Stop by PICNIC for weekly drop-in hours with our nurse on campus! We are here to answer your questions about any concerns related to physical, mental, emotional, or social wellbeing. Services are free, confidential, and you can drop by with no appointment needed. 

This time is designated for education and linking you to resources! If you have any personal health concerns that require an assessment, please make an appointment at the Student Health Clinic. 

Some of the things you can visit the Nurse on Campus for include: 

  • Personalized tips on health and wellness. 
  • Information on navigating the health care system. 
  • Information about health services on campus. 
  • Sexual health education. 
  • Free condoms and harm reduction supplies. 
  • And so much more… 

Information and Resources


On Campus

Student Health Clinic  
Student Union Resource Groups
(Pride Resource Centre and Sex Positivity Centre) 
Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office  
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Options for Sexual Health  
Smart Sex Resource 
Sex Sense Phone Line: 1-800-739-7367 

“Sex Sense is a free, pro-choice, sex-positive, and confidential service. Our team of registered nurses, counsellors, and sex educators offer information and resources on sex, sexuality and sexual health, for people living in British Columbia and the Yukon, Canada.” 

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