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.
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:
Explore Consent Matters, He Kōrero Whakaae, a fully interactive and evidence-based online course, covering sexual consent, communication and relationships, and bystander intervention.
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.
All students can get free condoms on campus. Here’s where to find them:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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).
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.
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:
These videos show fictional scenarios of sexual harassment and sexual assault, and may be triggering to some people.
Whether you are in a long-term or casual relationship, you deserve to be treated well and ensure you are treating your partner respectfully.
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.
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