Sexual pleasure is linked to healthy psychological and social development and can reduce stress, improve sleep, and increase happiness.

The World Health Organization defines sexual health as 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. (CDC, 2014)

Communication and trust are also important in sexual relationships. In addition to feeling safe from infections and disease, trusting sexual partners and being able to freely discuss sexual desires and aversions are building blocks for relaxed, comfortable, and healthy sex.


Questions about sex?

Ask the Sexpert

If you have questions about sexual health and pleasure, the Sexpert is here to help. Ask her anything and get confidential, non- judgmental answers.


Questions about safer sex?

Learn About HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Get the Facts About Monkeypox

Monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted infection (STI), but it can spread through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact. That’s why it’s important that you talk with your partner(s) about any monkeypox symptoms and be aware of any new rash or lesion on your bodies.

If you or your partner(s) have symptoms or think you may have monkeypox, the best way to protect yourself and others is to avoid sex of any kind (oral, anal, vaginal) and kissing or touching each other’s bodies while you are sick. Especially avoid touching any rash. Do not share things like towels, fetish gear, sex toys, or toothbrushes.

Even if you feel well, you can reduce your chances of being exposed to monkeypox during sex and at social gatherings.

Condoms

Dental Dams 

Get Free Safer Sex Supplies

Condoms (external and internal) and lubricant are available free at the campus locations listed below and at Residence Hall Resource Centers.

Dental dams are available at the Student Health Center and the LGBTQ+ Center, and on request at Residence Hall Resource Centers.


Need more info?

Our Health Promotion team has you covered with fun and colorful sexual health postcards designed just for you! Get more info about consent, the gender spectrum, how to use a dental dam (or make your own), and how to pick the right condom for you and your partner. Next time you're at the SHC, stop by the 4th floor to check them out and take some home!

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What is Good Sex @ NYU?!

Or maybe you’re secretly wondering what is good sex…period. Listen to Good Sex @ NYU, a new podcast that aims to destigmatize conversations around sex and relationships while providing practical information to NYU students and our community.

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