Safer Sex Supplies
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
Chris Dessert, ISHIP Counselor
Ally Wick, Student Health Navigator
Amber Wu, ISHIP Student Assistant
Mia Garcia, Student Health Navigator
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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 appointment to Hall Health!
Other resources in our office include:
- Navigating health insurance coverage, including International Student Health Insurance and Graduate Appointee Health Insurance
- Tobacco Cessation Program
- Information about mental health resources.
Our Supplies Menu
Currently in stock, we have:
Smooth & Thin
TRUSTEX STUDDED AND RIBBED
ROUGH RIDER STUDDED
LIFESTYLES SKYN (Vegan)
LIFESTYLES SKYN (non-latex)
GOOD CLEAN LOVE LUBE (Water-based)
OASIS LUBE (Water-based)
MOVE LUBE (Silicone-based)
Satin Dams (Flavored or Unflavored)
FINGER COTS (Latex)
*REMEMBER TO ALWAYS CHECK THE EXPIRATION DATES ON ALL OF YOUR SAFER SEX ITEMS! EVEN DENTAL DAMS CAN EXPIRE.*
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 and plastic 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 have another form of birth control, such as the pill or the IUD, condoms are the only type of birth control that also work to protect against sexually transmitted infections.
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?
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:
However, the chances of giving or getting STIs during oral sex can be lowered by using a dental dam. Remember to check expiration dates! They come in latex and non-latex. 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 finger tip 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.
- They also can reduce the risk of exposure to viruses or bacteria in bodily secretions and provide protection for any broken skin on the hands.
Sexual health safety and support
- Harborview Medical Center STD Clinic
Information about confidential testing for sexually transmitted diseases
- Harborview Center for Sexual Assault & Traumatic Stress (HCSATS): 206-744-1600
- King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC): 24-Hour hotline at 888-998-6423
- The Northwest Network for Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse: 206-568-7777
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases Program: Where to get tested for HIV & STDs in King County
Comprehensive information about public health and community health centers in King County
General health resources
- College Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention
The CCSAP is a group of Individuals involved with prevention programs at colleges and universities in Washington state who meet to discuss common issues and problems.
Patient education materials available in various languages.
- Familydoctor.org: Health Information for the Whole Family
Health information from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
- Health in Plain Terms: Tools for Patients and Other Consumers
Provides a listing of websites with tips to help you talk to your doctor, take care of health problems and stay healthy. (Puget Sound Health Alliance)
- Health Information by the National Institutes of Health
Comprehensive health information and resources from the National Institutes of Health
Guide to reliable health information from the National Health Information Center
- Healthy Weight
Information about achieving and maintaining a healthy weight from the Harvard School of Public Health
Patient education materials for parents from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
- Immunization Action Coalition
- Mental Health Topics
Information on anxiety, depression, eating disorders, PTSD and more from the National Institute of Mental Health
- MyPyramid Food Guidance System
Features information on the new food pyramid, its 12 models geared to different people. Also online tools, and dietary guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- Pandemic Flu Preparedness in King County
Information and resources from Public Health – Seattle & King County
- Prevention Works in Seattle
A community coalition in northeast Seattle that gives parents and students the tools they need to avoid underage drinking.
- Public Health – Seattle & King County
Local government website provides a broad range of information on health topics that help our community stay safe from health threats, promote better health and help people get access to the health care they need.
- Seattle Area Alcohol / Drug Help Lines
A list of Seattle area alcohol / drug hotlines and treatment resources compiled by the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington.
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases Program: Where to get tested for STDs in King County
Information about confidential testing for sexually transmitted diseases in King County
Sign up for UWalk, and you can join walking groups, participate in events and group activities, keep track of your progress, and connect with a community of walkers across campus sharing stories and photos. (UW)
- Seattle Walking Maps
This map brochure helps residents and visitors explore and navigate in and around Seattle’s University District and nearby neighborhoods, including north Capitol Hill, while leaving their cars at home. (Metro King County)
- Walking Maps in King County
Take advantage of the beautiful neighborhoods, paths and trails in King County. Includes maps provided by Public Health – Seattle & King County in cooperation with local communities throughout the county. (Metro King County)
- Walking: A Step in the Right Direction
Provides tips on starting a walking program, safety, warming up, and the benefits of walking. (National Institutes of Health)