Most NIU students protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections (STI) or unintended pregnancies by either practicing safer sex behaviors or by not engaging in sexual contact that places them at risk. Health Enhancement's aim is to promote healthy relationships for those students who choose to be in a sexual relationship; to reduce negative health consequences that may occur from sexual relationships; and to encourage behaviors that will reduce the likelihood of sexual consequences inhibiting a student's ability to fulfill his or her academic objectives.
What is Safer Sex?
Safer sex means practicing one or more behaviors that will reduce your risk of experiencing a negative consequence from sexual activities. The term "Safer Sex" is used instead of "Safe Sex" since every sexual contact involves some form of risk - there is a continuum of risk from very low to extremely high.