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 next Hall Health appointment!
Other resources in our office include:
- Navigating health insurance coverage, including International Student Health Insurance and Graduate Appointee Health Insurance
- Tobacco cessation
- Information about mental health resources
Our Supplies Menu
Currently, in stock:
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)
*Always check the expiration date on your safer sex supplies!
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 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:
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.
Sexual health resources
- 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
- Where to get tested for HIV & STDs in King County
Comprehensive information about public health and community health centers in King County