Safer Sex


The GC Wellness Center has some great safer-sex resources for grad students (as well as info on many other topics):

Barrier methods

For a guide on barrier methods generally, see Health Education Coordinator and H&W Officer-created brochure on safer sex materials

Male Condoms (aka Penetrative Condoms): How to use (pdf) and why are they important? (pdf)
Female Condoms (aka Receptive Condoms): What are they (pdf) and how are they different than male condoms? (pdf)
Dental Dams: What are they? (pdf) and can you tell me more?
Finger Cots: What are they? (pdf) from OSU Student Health Services


These safer sex materials (comprehensive list found at the bottom of this page) are now available more widely throughout the Graduate Center in the locations listed below.   And if your program is not represented on the list but you’d like to have these materials available in your lounge or other program space, please let us know!

Third Floor

Art History Program Lounge

Doctor of Public Health Program Office

Classics Program Lounge

Fourth Floor

HLBLL/Comparative Literature Program Lounge

French/Urban Education Program Lounge

MALS Program Lounge

Computer Science Program Lounge

English Program Lounge

Fifth Floor

DSC Office (Room 5495, check for office hours)

Political Science Program Lounge

Sixth Floor

Wellness Center (Room 6422)

Anthropology Program Lounge

Psychology Computer Lab

Sociology Program Lounge and Computer Lab

Seventh Floor

Educational Psychology Program Lounge

Philosophy Program Lounge (Kits only.  No loose supplies available) There is currently no rep doing this–if you’re part of the Philosophy program and want to restart this initiative, email

Safer Sex Materials (receptive and penetrative condoms, lube, finger cots, dental dams) in the DSC lounge can be found on the shelves (in plastic boxes marked “safer sex refills”) and in the bowls on the black filing cabinets. More refills can be found in the blue boxes on the top shelves. For those programs who have requested it, there are receptive condoms and kits with a variety of materials in plastic “discreet” bags that can be found in a black zip-up box by the fridge.

Other places in NYC where you can get free condoms, lube, and other barrier methods are listed here (pdf), and the Female Condom (FC2) can be found online at

Sexually Transmitted Infections/Disease (STI/STD)

Check out this information from the NYCDOHMH and DHHS and have a look at the following pdfs:

Your Guide to Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Basic Prevention for All STDs

28 STD Risk Assessment Calculators

Sexually Transmitted Disease Symptoms

Treatments for Specific Types of STDs and STIs


Free and Confidential HIV/STD Testing Clinics in NYC

Have a look at the listings, and refer to this pdf for clinic details.

Clinics close to the GC

Mount Sinai Comprehensive Health-Downtown
Location: 275 Seventh Avenue (between 25th and 26th Streets), 12th Floor (212-604-1720 or 1701)
Mount Sinai offers the HIV rapid test free at their Seventh Avenue location. Walk-ins are welcome and the facility offers same-day results. Clinic hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30am–5:00pm, and Thursdays from 8:30am–7:00pm.

Location: 224 W. 29th Street ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues). 212-367-1130
GMHC is the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. The organization offers inclusive services for men, women, families and youth, including HIV counseling, testing, health information, education, risk-reduction strategies, referrals and partner notification services. People who want to be tested must complete an intake and consent to testing. Referrals for additional supportive services are also available. Syphilis testing is also avaliable. All services are free of charge.

The Testing Center will see clients twice a year (every 6 months) for HIV and STI testing services. Please allow 15–20 minutes to complete an intake form prior to being seen by a test counselor.

The Testing Center is open Monday–Wednesday from 9:30am–4pm for walk-ins, Thursday from 9:30am–4pm for appointments only, and Friday from 12:30pm–7pm for walk-ins.

Please note: Every Wednesday the testing center is closed from 1pm to 2:30pm. The Testing Center hours are 12:30pm–4pm the second Friday of each month.

For additional testing locations, please refer to this pdf for addresses and phone numbers.

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