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Not everyone’s doing it. According to the 2007 College Student Health Survey conducted by Boynton Health, 32.4% of 18-24-year-old University of Minnesota–Twin Cities undergraduates were NOT sexually active in the previous year. Many students are not at risk for STIs because they are abstinent. Boynton’s sexual health student group SHADE strongly supports those students who choose to be abstinent.    


If used consistently and correctly, condoms can be up to 99.0% effective at preventing pregnancy and transmission of sexually transmitted infections. According to the CDC, latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly, are also highly effective in preventing transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. While the effect of condoms in preventing human papilloma virus (HPV) infection is unknown, condom use has been associated with a lower rate of cervical cancer, an HPV-associated disease. Condoms are available at no cost to University of Minnesota–Twin Cities students at the following locations.

How to Properly Use a Condom

  1. Check expiration date.
  2. Squeeze the middle of the condom package. If you do not feel an air bubble, the package has been torn or punctured, and the condom will no longer protect you against pregnancy and diseases.
  3. Tear open the package carefully, without using teeth or fingernails.
  4. Remove condom from package and determine which way the condom will unroll.
  5. Pinch the reservoir tip of the condom to remove any air. (Air in the condom will increase the chance of breakage.)
  6. Carefully roll the condom down.
  7. When withdrawing after ejaculation, secure the condom at the base so that it doesn’t slip off.
  8. Wrap used condom in toilet paper and throw it in the trash. Do not flush it.


Even though most condoms come pre-lubricated, some additional water- or silicone-based lubricant (like ID Glide or Eros) can help to reduce friction and the chance of the condom breaking. Oil-based lubricants, like Vaseline or lotion, will break down the latex, causing the condom to break.

STI Facts

Some sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like herpes and genital warts are transmitted by skin-to-skin contact, which means fluid exchange is not necessary to spread them. STIs can also be transmitted through oral sex and anal sex. Many people who have STIs don’t have symptoms, so they may not know they have an STI. Bacterial STIs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea are curable. If left untreated, they can lead to more serious infections such as pelvic inflammatory disease and possibly infertility. Boynton offers the HPV vaccine to girls and women 13-26 years of age. The three shot series protects against two types that cause about 70.0% of cervical cancer and two types that cause about 90.0% of genital warts. Check with your insurance carrier to see if the HPV vaccine is covered.

STI Testing

STI testing is available at no additional cost for most students after the bill has been processed by their insurance carrier. Test results will remain in your Boynton Health medical record. To make an appointment, call the Boynton appointment line at 612-625-3222.

HIV Testing for UMN Students

Students have two options for HIV testing and counseling at Boynton Health:

Confidential Peer HIV Test
Schedule a “Confidential Peer HIV Test” appointment with one of Boynton’s trained peer counselors.Appointments last 45 minutes. Test results are confidential and will not appear on any medical record. For this type of HIV testing, there is no out-of-pocket cost for most students. For detailed coverage information, visit the Student Services Fee page.

You may be inclined to choose this option if:

Provider HIV Test
Schedule a “Provider HIV Test” appointment in Boynton’s Primary Care Clinic or Women’s Clinic. Lab test results arrive at Boynton Health about one week after testing are are given at a follow up appointment. Test results are not given over the phone. Results will be included in your Boynton Health medical record. This record is HIPAA protected and will not be released without your permission. For this type of HIV testing, there is no out-of-pocket cost for most students after the bill has been processed by their insurance carrier. For detailed coverage information, visit Student Services Fee.

You may be inclined to choose this option if:

To make an appointment for an HIV test, call 612-625-3222. Please specify which type of appointment you prefer.

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Emergency Contraception Facts

Emergency contraception is safe, side effects are minimal, and it works best if taken as soon as possible. Emergency contraception prevents pregnancy but should not replace regular birth control. Emergency contraception does not cause abortion.


The Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education
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Family Tree Clinic
Minnesota AIDS Project
Minnesota Family Planning and STI Hotline
Planned Parenthood of Minnesota/South Dakota
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Clinic 555, St. Paul

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410 Church Street S.E.
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