Sexuality is...

...a central aspect of being human throughout life and encompasses sex, gender identities and roles, sexual orientation, eroticism, pleasure, intimacy and reproduction. Sexuality is experienced and expressed in thoughts, fantasies, desires, beliefs, attitudes, values, behaviors, practices, roles and relationships. Sexuality is influenced by the interaction of biological, psychological, social, economic, political, cultural, legal, historical, religious and spiritual factors.” – World Health Organization


  • Communication is key to building any healthy relationship.
  • When it comes to intimacy, talk with your partner about your feelings and desires.
  • Find a time when you are able to talk privately and there are no other distractions.
  • Give your partner a chance to respond and share their feelings too.
  • Respect your partner's attitudes, values, and beliefs even if they differ from your own.
  • In the end, what you do is your decision. If you are not ready for sex, then say so. If your partner cares about you, they will respect your decision.

Protect Yourself

  • Abstaining from sexual contact or engaging in behaviors that do not involve skin to skin contact or contact with the bodily fluids of your partner eliminates risk.
  • Talk with your partner about sexual histories and past infections.
  • If you choose to engage in sexual behavior, use a condom or latex barrier.
  • Don't share sex toys.
  • Limit anonymous, casual sex. If you do engage, use a condom.
  • Limit alcohol and drug use—they are often factors of unprotected sex.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of STDs.
  • If you notice something that concerns you, don't hesitate to get it checked out by your healthcare provider. 
  • Be honest with your healthcare provider about being sexually active so they can help meet your treatment needs.
  • Request that your partner is tested for STDs before you engage in any sexual activities with them.

​Getting Tested

  • You cannot tell if someone has a sexually transmitted disease (STD) by the way one looks.
  • The only way to know if you or someone else has a STD is to get tested.
  • Getting tested is an important part of "taking charge of your health."
  • Tests for STDs have gotten quicker and easier.
  • Many STDs are curable and treatable, but early detection is important.
  • Get the conversation started with your partner and healthcare provider. 
  • 1 in 2 sexually active young adults will get an STD by the age of 25 and most won't even know it.
  • Feeling nervous or embarrassed is normal, but not saying anything at all is worse. Get yourself tested!

We Care

Sexual Misconduct Support, Response, and Prevention 
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is committed to providing a safe and welcoming campus environment free from discrimination based on sex, which includes sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, sexual harassment, dating violence, and domestic violence (collectively referred to as sexual misconduct).

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McKinley Health Center

Dial A Nurse - Call to schedule an appointment with a McKinley provider. 

Health Education - Call to schedule and appointment with McKinley's Sexual Health Educator.

Mental Health – 217-333-2705 

Health Resource Centers - provides  over-the-counter self-care supplies  such as condoms, lubricants, and oral latex barriers

Other Resources

Women’s Resource Center – 217-333-3137

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgener (LGBT) Resource Center

Counseling Center – 217-333-3704

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Rape Crisis Hotline - 217-384-4444

C-U Public Health District STD/STI Clinic - 217-352-7961

STD/STI Hotline 1-800-227-8922.

Other Important Numbers

Emergency 911

Safe Walks 217-333-1216

Safe Rides 217-265-7433

Motorist Assistance 217-244-4357

Crime Stoppers 217-373-8477