Get laid, not screwed

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By Natalie Ast

Frosh week is a week-long party where sex is always on the table. Abstinence is the only surefire way to avoid pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, but there are other ways to decrease your chances of waking up with more than you bargained for.

Traditional condoms are the most obvious form of protection and birth control. If used correctly, a condom can be up to 98 per cent effective. Female condoms are more expensive, but they can be more effective than the traditional condom.

“Condoms are for everyone,” says Dr. Su-Ting Teo, the director of the Ryerson Medical Clinic. “If there is a latex allergy, then you can get non-latex condoms.”

Free condoms are available throughout the Student Campus Centre, at the Medical Centre and in every residence.

Oral contraceptives are another way to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

“Oral contraceptives are good for people who only want to prevent pregnancy I.E. are in long-term relationships, and who are healthy [people who] don’t have diabetes, heart problems, history of blood clots, or smoke,” Teo says. Other hormonal contraceptives include the birth control patch and the NuvaRing.

Karl Davidas, one of Ryerson orientation crew members, says it’s important to have fun, but encourages students to respect themselves in the process.

“There were a lot of hookups , [but] people stop at third base, which is actually a good idea because going all the way the first time you meet someone isn’t recommended,” Davidas says of his experience as a froshie last September.

Davidas also advises against hooking up with your frosh leader. “The frosh leader is there to be a mentor. It’s really keen that the frosh leader stays the role model for their froshie.”

But if you do manage to contract something, the Ryerson Medical Clinic is there to give you a=the help and resources you need. Their wide range of services include STI testing and treatment, and the opportunity to see physicians for information. It’s open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at W181 West Kerr Hall. Health Promotion’s Sex, Substance and Safety Team (S-Cubed) provides information about sexual heatlth, alcohol, and drug-related issues. They also host interactive workshops and provide free condoms. You can find them at the International Living & Learning Centre.

Frosh week is a great opportunity to meet people and get used to your new surroundings. Having sex is merely the cherry on top of it all. Staying safe and responsible will not only keep you healthy and childfree, but also prevent regretable desicisons.

“Definitely have fun, but also have dignity, “ Davidas says. “As long as you’re open to it, everything is meant to be fun,”

Comments

  1. I think it’s amazing that you have 2 guys in the photo for the article!!! Thanks for the open minded view of sexuality on campus.

  2. While it’s a reality that most students are sexually active and responsibility when it comes to contraception is important, I can’t help but be disappointed at the EyeOpener’s view towards sex. “Get Laid, Not Screwed”… is that all what this is about? getting action? is having sex just “getting laid”. Rethink the message you’re sending, and the imagine you’re shaping of students. It’s not entirely representative of our campus population.

  3. Sam, I don’t believe that you are viewing this in the right context. They are not sending a message to other students to get laid. What would you prefer.. Hey I got laid today or I got screwed today. Either way there is no negative or shaping message.. your just confused.

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