For many students the freedom of university or college lends itself to sexual exploration. Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are common among 16-25 year olds and are easily spread if condoms are not used.
Contraceptives such as the pill, implant or coil will protect against pregnancy but not against STIs so these should be used in conjunction with condoms. Talk to a nurse or GP about which contraception method is right for you. Appointments for emergency contraception (morning-after pill) are available at YorClinic, doctor's surgeries and some pharmacies.
Condoms should be used as a matter of routine with all new sexual partners as they act as a barrier to both STIs and sperm which are transferred through bodily fluids. Condoms come in a range of sizes and styles, including latex-free for those with allergies.
Free condoms can be picked up at any surgery or clinic and various other places across university and college campuses.
Many STIs can be treated easily, but diseases such as Chlamydia have few symptoms so may not be noticed until tested for. Testing kits (free for under 25s) are available at clinics and surgeries or can be requested free by post. Regular testing for STIs should be carried out if you have unprotected sex and this can be done at YorClinic on Monkgate.
Taking Modafinil may make oral contraceptive pills and the implant less effective. The use of this medicine during pregnancy is not recommended. If you could become pregnant, you must use effective non-hormonal contraception or abstain from penetrative sex while you are taking Modafinil and for two months after your last dose. If this could affect you, it is important that you use effective non-hormonal contraception