Sexual Health

Sexual health includes STI prevention, birth control & preventing pregnancy, consent, communication with your partner(s), accessing care at HUHS, and much more. 

The Center for Wellness & Health Promotion is here to help guide you in creating healthy and safe sexual experiences.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) & Getting Tested

STI testing at Harvard

Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) provides free STI testing to all Harvard students.

STI testing within the Boston Area

If you do not feel comfortable going to HUHS for STI testing, the Get Yourself Tested Campaign has a list of locations for HIV and STI testing in the Cambridge and Boston area.

Birth Control & Barrier Methods

Understanding about what kind of barrier method or birth control you are looking for is important. There are many different kinds of each and it can feel overwhelming. Don't fear! We are here to help. Not all types of birthcontrol protect against STIs, and not all forms birth control are made equal.  It's important to talk to your doctor about which might be the best for you. 

Bedsider provides detailed descriptions of all types of contraceptives and barrier methods, answers questions, and contains informational videos and testimonials. Check out their birth control method explorer.

Harvard University Student Health Plan (HUSHP) Birth Control Information

There is a $0 copayment for all generic prescription contraceptives and brand name products that have no generic equivalent. Visit the HUSHP website for more information.

If you waived coverage in the Student Health Insurance Plan, please contact your insurance plan for copayment rates and information.

Sexual Health 101 Workshop

This workshop covers sexual health information including safer sex practices that decrease STI risk, contraceptive options, as well as how to access relevant services through Harvard University Health Services. Sexual Health 101 emphasizes the diversity of experiences surrounding sex and sexuality, and the importance of clear and open communication. It aims to ensure that students are equipped with the information they need to make happy and healthy choices for themselves, whenever they feel the time is right for them.

Request this workshop here.

Safer Sex Supplies Map