Condom-Gram

Students are able to request male condoms, XL male condoms, latex free condoms, and dental dams all for FREE! This confidential service will send these barrier methods to the students on or off campus address after completion of a survey.

Get Tested (STD’s/STI’s)

Why get tested?

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), also known as Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), affect millions of college-aged students each year. Fortunately, most STIs are curable and treatable! However, damage done from failing to treat STIs is often irreversible. It’s important to get tested after every new sexual partner, when you have had unprotected sex, or if you feel you may have been exposed.

Will anyone else find out?

For individuals over the age of 18, medical information is kept confidential between health care providers and patients including the results of STD testing.

For individuals under 18, information regarding the results of an STD test is kept confidential between health care providers and patients. However, involving your parent/guardian is strongly encouraged when making health care decisions.

Where can I get tested?

LVHN-P ExpressCare

  • ESU side provides free STI testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea
  • 200 E Brown St. East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
  • (272) 762-4378

NovusACS Stroudsburg

  • Provides free STI/D testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV
  • 28 N 7th St. Stroudsburg, PA 18360
  • (570) 599-8699

PA Department of Health

  • Provides free STI/D testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV
  • 1972 West Main St. Suite 102 Stroudsburg, PA 18360
  • (570) 424-3020

Healthy Relationships

Relationships aren’t always easy to maintain. College opens the door for all kinds of new relationship challenges such as roommate issues, casual dating, serious dating, friendships, and sex. These various relationships can provide a great deal of comfort and support during your college years, but they can also be a source of confusion and stress at times. Four key components of healthy relationships include effective communication, established expectations, conflict resolution, and respected boundaries.

Communication

Both people in the relationship need to be able to express positive and negative feelings, complaints, and affection.

  • Do not make assumptions about the other person's feelings or motives
  • Do not assume that the other person knows how YOU feel.
  • Talk directly with the other person about your needs

Expectations

Both people need to be on the same page about what they want from the relationship.

  • Agree on how much time spent together and how you will spend it
  • Be aware of the other person's needs and interests

Conflict

In all relationships, there are times when communication breaks down, which leads to conflict.

  • Healthy relationships are able to resolve conflict effectively
  • Conflict often leads to stronger relationships as a result

Boundaries

Both people need to be clear about what is okay and not okay in the relationship.

  • Clearly state any limits that you have for the relationship
  • Say no when you are asked to do something that makes you uncomfortable
  • Set limits with the other person's behavior

Sexual Violence

What is sexual violence?

When people think about sexual violence, the first things that come to mind are sexual assault and rape, but sexual violence is a broad term that also includes many other forms of inappropriate behavior. Sexually violent behavior can be physical, emotional, verbal, or a combination of all behaviors. Sexual violence can refer to any form of sexual harassment, sexual discrimination, stalking, fondling, sexual exploitation, dating violence, or domestic violence. It’s important to obtain consent for any form of sexual interaction.

What does consent mean?

Conversations about college relationships often involve the phrase consent, but what exactly is consent? Consent is a verbal “yes”, without being under the influence of alcohol, drugs or asleep. While this definition is straightforward, there are some important things to remember regarding consent.

  • Consent to one form of sexual activity does not constitute consent for any other sexual activity, and consent can be withdrawn at any time, for any reason.
  • Silence and passivity cannot be interpreted as an indication of consent.
  • Read the other person carefully, paying attention to verbal and non-verbal communication and body language. The person might not be comfortable speaking up, make sure consent is ongoing.
  • If it is not clear by the other person's words and actions that they are a willing participant in a specific activity, then consent is not present.

How can I keep myself and others safe?

Victims are never at fault when someone takes sexual advantage of them. However, there are things that can be done to reduce the risk of experiencing sexual violence. These strategies are not intended to create victim-blame; those who commit sexual violence are solely responsible for their conduct.

  • If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe about a person or situation, trust your gut and remove yourself from the situation as soon as possible.
  • Understand and respect personal boundaries. Do not pressure a potential partner; "no means no" and "yes means yes." The absence of a no does not mean yes.
  • Watch out for your friends and ask that they watch out for you. Be an Active Bystander! #StepUpESU
  • Don't go somewhere with someone you don't know well. If you do leave a party with a new friend, tell the friends you came with where you are going and when you are coming back.

What is the Red Zone?

The Red Zone is the period of time between the beginning of the fall semester and Thanksgiving. Why is it called the Red Zone? There are more sexual assaults on U.S. college campuses during this time than at any other time during the school year. Freshmen women are especially vulnerable to sexual assault during this time. This is due to several reasons:

  • Students are meeting new people and trying to fit in, and they may participate in certain activities for the first time.
  • Students have less parental supervision and increased independence, which may lead to certain high-risk behaviors such as experimenting with alcohol or other drugs.
  • Students may be new to town and may be adjusting to a new environment and getting oriented.

Remember, if you need support with making friends, getting adjusted to college life, or tips on how to have fun safely, there are resources on campus to help you!

Additional Resources for Sexual Health

Contact Us

The Wellness Education & Prevention office is open between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Flagler-Metzgar Center. If there are any questions regarding programming, upcoming events, or general health questions feel free to contact Laura Suits.

If you have experienced sexual assault and need crisis support, please call Women’s Resources of Monroe County, Inc, at (570) 421-4200 or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at (800) 656-HOPE (4673) or visit their 24/7 chat.

Contact Information

Campus Address
Sycamore Suites, Lower level, 025
Phone:
(570) 422-3298
Title of Department Leader
Coordinator, Wellness Education & Prevention
Name
Laura Suits