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  • Call us during office hours
    (206) 685-1011
  • For non-urgent matters,
    email us hhpccweb@uw.edu
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Safer Sex Supplies

Our location

Safer sex supplies at Hall Health Center are located in the Health Promotion office, on your right as you enter through the front door.

Health Promotion staff

Patricia Atwater, Director
(206) 616-8476
atwaterp@uw.edu

Chris Dessert, ISHIP Counselor
(206) 543-6202
stdins@uw.edu

Ally Wick, Student Health Navigator

Amber Wu, ISHIP Student Assistant

Mia Garcia, Student Health Navigator

What do YOU want?

Take our survey on accessibility and availability of safer sex supplies at UW!

Have fun, safe, & consensual sex!

The Health Promotion office at Hall Health Center offers free safer sex supplies for all University of Washington students. Our selection of safer sex barriers include condoms, dental dams, lube, finger cots and gloves. Students can choose up to 10 items per week. The supplies are self-serve. Visit us during your next Hall Health appointment!

Other resources in our office include:

Hall Health Center also provides STI Testing and the HPV vaccine series. Make an appointment by calling (206) 685-1011

Our Supplies Menu

Our door is always open to students looking for safer sex supplies! Take our survey on accessibility and availability to condoms on the UW campus at tinyurl.com/safersexsuppliesuw.

Currently, in stock:

Condoms

Lube

Good Clean Love Lube (water-based)

Oasis Lube (water-based)

Move lube (silicone-based)

Dental dams (latex)

Satin dams (flavored or unflavored)

Finger cots (latex)

Gloves (latex)

*Always check the expiration date on your safer sex supplies!

Condoms

What are condoms?

Condoms are thin, latex pouches worn on the penis to collect semen during penetrative sex. They help protect against unwanted pregnancies and STDs by preventing contact with semen, vaginal fluids and limiting skin-to-skin contact.  Lambskin condoms do not protect against STDs; only latex/non-latex condoms do.

The video below explains how to put a condom on. Remember to use water-based or silicon-based lube when using condoms, not oil-based!

Even if you are using another form of birth control, such as the pill or the IUD, condoms are the only type of birth control that also protect you from sexually transmitted infections.

Internal condoms

Internal condoms are another great option for protection against pregnancy or STIs. An internal condom is inserted into the vagina or anus in advance of sexual activity. Follow this guide on how to insert an internal condom.

Why dental dams, finger cots, and gloves?

dam head

Dental Dams

Safer sex measures go beyond just penetrative sex. A dental dam is a thin, flexible piece of latex that protects against direct mouth-to-genital contact during oral sex. Dams act as a barrier to reduce risks of infections.

Many STIs can be spread through oral sex, including:

  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia
  • Hepatitis
  • HIV

You can lower the chances of giving or getting STIs during oral sex by using a dental dam. Remember to check expiration dates! Dams come in latex and non-latex varieties. Here is an informational video on how to use a dental dam and how to make one from a condom!

 

Finger cots and gloves

Finger cots are small, latex sheaths that fit from the fingertip to the base of the finger. Finger cots and gloves reduce the risk of infections with manual sex, including fingering and handjobs. You can find both latex and non-latex options.

Why are they useful?

  • Genital tissue is tender and sensitive. Using finger cots or gloves can reduce irritation and potential genital tears by covering tough fingers and nails.
  • Finger cots also can reduce the risk of exposure to viruses or bacteria in bodily secretions and provide protection for any broken skin on the hands.
Resources

Sexual health resources