Sexual Health & Wellness

Sexual health and wellness is important, even if you do not consider yourself sexually active.

Sexual health and wellness includes much more than just information on how to prevent pregnancy and infections. The Health & Wellness office at the University of Manitoba views sexual health and wellness with a sex positive approach, and takes a broad view of healthy sexuality. Our goal is that students will feel comfortable discussing and learning about their bodies, relationships, consent, and communication.

Did you know that 1 in 2 students would like more information from the University of Manitoba on sexually transmitted infection prevention? Or that 74% of students think they have not received enough information on preventing pregnancy?

Healthy U can provide you with information on both these topics, as well as on sex positivity, relationships, consent, and communication. They also provide free safer sex supplies. Drop in to a Healthy U member at 474 UMSU University Centre.

If you have been or think you may have been sexually assaulted, please reach out for help.

Sexual Violence Website

For general information regarding consent, support after an assault, and reporting, visit umanitoba.ca/sexual-violence

Student Counselling Centre

If you would like to see a counsellor on campus regarding sexual assault, visit 474 UMSU University Centre.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) at Health Sciences Centre

If the assault occurred within the last 5 days, you can visit a SANE to receive help. This program can be accessed by visiting the Emergency Department at Health Sciences Centre (either the Children’s ER if you are under 18, or Adult’s ER if you are over 18).

For more information, visit: hsc.mb.ca/emergencynurseexam.html

Klinic

Klinic has many resources available to help you, from crisis support to longer-term counselling. They offer supports throughout Winnipeg and rural Manitoba.

Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 204-786-8631
Toll-free: 1-888-292-7565

For information regarding accessing Klinic’s other services, visit klinic.mb.ca


What's happening here:

  • 87% of university students had less than two (2) sexual partners last year
  • 82% of students who used contraception used at least two (2) methods
  • 67% of students have received their vaccination for Hepatitis B
  • 1 in 4 university students have been tested for HIV.
  • 1 in 3 female university students receive regular gynecological exams.

Spotlight on sexual health

  • Becoming comfortable with your sexuality improves your ability to make healthy choices and to respect others’ choices as well.
  • If you are sexually active it is important to get tested for STIs at least once per year and with every change in partner, even if you don’t show symptoms.
  • Condoms prevent many types of STIs, including HIV. However, they do not prevent against HPV.
  • Poor body image has shown to significantly decrease sexual satisfaction in women. Receiving help for body image may improve your sexual experiences.

Take action

  • Get educated! Don’t be shy to use available resources. Not only will you become more informed about your sexual health, but education can boost your confidence as well.
  • Free condoms are available at multiple locations across campus. Connect with Healthy U for information on correct usage and to find out where you can access them.
  • Communication is key and consent is mandatory. Talk to your partner about safe and enjoyable sex to increase pleasure for everyone involved.
  • It is important to have regular discussions about healthy sexuality with your health care provider.

Sexual health resouces

On campus:

Off campus:

  • Nine Circles Community Health Centre: 204-940-6001
  • Women’s Health Clinic: 204-947-1517
  • Klinic: 204-784-409

Online:

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*Data compiled from spring 2016 NCHA survey.
Source: "Being comfortable with your sexuality improves…” Government of Canada, 2016.
Sources and references are available at: umanitoba.ca/student/health-wellness/ncha-sources.html