Sexual health and relationship wellbeing

If you're sexually active, maintaining healthy sexual relationships can also contribute to a healthy body and mind. This section has information about managing your sexual wellbeing.

Safe sex: consent and contraception

Find out what consent means, as well as where and how to find out about types of contraception.

Sexual consent is when you and your sexual partner both agree to have sex, and you should be clear on this before things move too quickly. You should remember:

  • Sexual consent must be explicit - this means the only way to know for sure that you both consent is for you to say so. Don't assume.
  • You can always change your mind - if you start you can stop.
  • Check in with each other and be aware of each other's body language, but don't rely on it; speak up if you want to slow down or stop.
  • It's ok to slow things down or stop; if things are moving too quick, you can say something like ‘Can we slow down?’, ‘Can we take a break?’ or ‘Can we stop?’
  • Drink and drugs affect consent, so if you or your sexual partner are really drunk or high, neither of you can give consent.

5 things you need to know (ReachOut.com)

Watch: Consent - it's simple as tea (YouTube)

Consent Matters online course

Explore Consent Matters, He Kōrero Whakaae, a fully interactive and evidence-based online course, covering sexual consent, communication and relationships, and bystander intervention.

Take the course

To learn about all the different types of contraception available in New Zealand, check out the Family Planning website  or come and have a chat to the AUT Student Medical Centre team.

Where to get free condoms on campus

All students can get free condoms on campus. Here’s where to find them:

  • AUT Student Medical Centre waiting room at WB129, AX100 and MB109
  • Rainbow Student room in WB212
  • AUTSA offices at WC210, AS133 and ME109
  • Health, Counselling and Wellbeing in WB, AX and MB buildings

How to take care of your sexual health

Sexually transmitted infections are common, but can be serious if not treated. Find out how and where you can get tested.

Did you know most sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are really common in young people?

Most don’t have symptoms, but they can have long term health consequences, including infertility. That’s why we recommend you get an STI check at least once a year if:

  • You’re sexually active
  • You change sexual partners
  • You have unprotected sex or your condom breaks

STI testing is confidential and often quick and easy, usually involving a simple urine test or swab. Most STIs are easy to treat if they are diagnosed early.

STI facts on Healthy Sex website
Sexual health and STI info on Just the Facts website

If you're a student enrolled at the AUT Student Medical Centre, you can get four free sexual health screenings per year.

Call into AUT’s Student Medical Centre for:

  • Maternity care and pregnancy testing
  • Sexual health screening and treatment
  • Contraception information
  • Free condoms
  • HPV vaccine

HPV vaccine

The HPV vaccine is available free for domestic students of all genders who are under 27 years old. This vaccine protects against the human papillomavirus which can lead to cervical, vaginal and penile cancers.

AUT Student Medical Centre services

Family Planning clinics

If you're under 22, you can get free STI testing at Family Planning clinics. If you don't have symptoms, you may also be ablet to get an STI test without an appointment, by choosing to do self-testing (you take your own samples in the clinic bathroom).

Find your nearest Family Planning clinic

Auckland Sexual Health Regional Services

Visit the website
0800 739 432

Auckland clinics:

  • Central - Greenlane Clinical Centre
  • North – 418 Glenfield Road, Glenfield
  • South – 12 Waddon Place, Mangere
  • West - Totara Health Specialist Centre, New Lynn

Body Positive (Free rapid HIV and syphilis testing)

Body Positive website
0800 448 5463

Being an active bystander: witnessing sexual harm or harassment

Everyone has a role to play in preventing sexual harm on and off campus – it’s okay to get involved if a situation seems dodgy. A small action can go a long way.

Report sexual harm or harassment at AUT

If you see someone being harmed, it can be hard to speak up if you're the only one doing it. But we all have a responsibility to prevent harm and harassment – and to keep each other and our communities safe.

Here are some ways you can help:

  • Tune into what’s happening around you
  • Notice if something seems off and requires someone to step in
  • Decide to take action. For example, 
    • Ask the victim if they are okay or if they want to leave, and help them get home safely
    • Address the problem by telling the person that they are acting inappropriately and need to stop
    • Distract the person who is being inappropriate
    • Let someone know what is going on and ask for help. Ask a friend, a residential advisor, or security. Call the police if the situation seems dangerous
    • If it’s too dangerous to intervene in the moment, wait for the situation to pass and check in with the victim after. You can also report this to the police
  • Make sure you intervene safely

Being an active bystander (BodySafe website)

These videos show fictional scenarios of sexual harassment and sexual assault, and may be triggering to some people.

Healthy relationships

Whether you are in a long-term or casual relationship, you deserve to be treated well and ensure you are treating your partner respectfully.

Healthy relationships are built on respect, trust, honesty, compromise and good communication.

Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Tell a friend or family member. If you need to talk to someone at AUT – check out student counselling.

Student FAQs

Got feedback?

We'd love to hear your feedback. Let us know:

  • Are the resources useful?
  • What could we do to make it better?
  • Are there any wellbeing events you would like to see happen on campus?

Email us: studentwellbeing@aut.ac.nz

Test your knowledge

Try our truths and myths quiz to test your knowledge about sexual health.

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