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Having healthy relationships platonically, romantically, and sexually can be a fun part of your experience at Duke, but it often takes time and practice to navigate new social connections like relationships. The decision to be sexually active is personal and different for each individual and is an important component of practicing holistic wellness. Knowing the correct information and being able to access reliable resources can help you make informed, safe, healthy decisions, and DuWell is here to help you.

At DuWell, students have access to resources and information that addresses the spectrum of sexual health and healthy relationships topics. Below we’ve outlined a selection of the resources that exist for you. Please reach out to lindsey.parker@duke.edu for more information.

Safer Sex Supplies

Thanks for dropping in! We are unable to process Safer Sex Orders at this time. Supplies can be purchased at the Duke Campus Center Pharmacy. Additionally, some residence halls have supplies available for purchase in vending machines. For more information, please contact: lindsey.parker@duke.edu.

For personal use, resident advisors, student organizations, or campus departments:

  • Lubricated latex condoms
  • Non-lubricated latex condoms
  • Lubricated polyurethane and polyisoprene (latex-free) condoms
  • Flavored condoms
  • Water-based lubricant
  • Flavored lubricant
  • Latex dams

COVID-19 Sexual Health & Healthy Relationships FAQ's 

Navigating intimacy, relationships, and sex during COVID-19 can be confusing. DuWell is here to help you re-imagine and think through healthy relationships with self and others in order to reduce our risk while also maintaining connectivity. We’ve outlined some points for you to consider below. Please reach out to lindsey.parker@duke.edu with any questions or concerns.

  • All healthy relationships – whether they are friendship, romantic, or sexual – have similar characteristics. While everyone has to decide for themselves what they want in a relationship and what defines a good relationship, here are some qualities to consider: trust, respect, security, support, communication, encouragement, etc. These qualities are especially important during current circumstances as we navigate so many unknowns, but these are likely the same qualities you were looking for before the onset of COVID-19. COVID-19 probably doesn’t change the qualities you’re looking for in a relationship, but it might change the way you explore those qualities and communicate with those in your life as you practice social distancing.
  • Be candid about thoughts, feelings, and the desired direction of the relationships in your life.
  • Dating apps and social media are great ways for people to meet and talk virtually with others during this time. These technology platforms also allow you stay connected with those you care for or are hoping to build a connection or relationship with. You can try hanging out on Zoom or Facetime. You could even send e-mails and letters. Maybe you watch Netflix or Hulu together from your own couches. There’s no one “right way,” but it is important to be mindful of following social distancing guidelines.
  • When using dating apps and social media, trust your gut. Do not give away identifiable information or other things that could compromise your safety and wellbeing to those you do not know. Although some methods of sexual engagement through technology platforms (think sexting or sending nude photos) are physically safe, the
  • At this time, you are your safest sex partner. Self-pleasure is the best option to express yourself while also preventing the spread of COVID-19.
  • If you have an existing partner whom you don't live with, you start having to think about risk and social distancing. If you each live alone, are working from home, are avoiding social situations, and are only dating each other, the calculation will be very different than if you each have a bunch of roommates, or if one of you works in a crowded environment
  • If you live with your partner, and you are each practicing social distancing guidelines, talk with each other about how you can limit your risk for COVID-19 while maintaining your intimate and/or sexual relationship.
  • Social distancing is hard. Many people need some form of touch or connection. That’s okay. But it is important for you to figure out how to meet your needs while keeping your safety and the safety of others in mind. Think about risks and do what you can to manage those risks.

Request a Sexual Health or Healthy Relationship Workshop

To support our ongoing efforts in leveraging the power of education and to increase access to these resources for everyone in the Duke community, all workshops and trainings listed below are open to faculty, staff, and students. Click below to learn more about our offerings.

DuWell is happy to tailor a workshop to address the specific needs of your group or organization. Please contact lindsey.parker@duke.edu to plan and schedule a workshop.

Our most popular workshop! This 60 minute workshop covers all the basics about sexual health, from communication to protection. Sexual Health 101 provides information to help students develop the skills and knowledge to lead sexual lives that are healthy, fulfilling, respectful, and fun. 

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Get answers to those itchy questions! This 45-minute workshop covers information on sexually transmitted diseases, how people acquire them, and what you can do to prevent them for yourself and your partners.

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Focused on building and maintaining healthy relationships through interactive components, the goal of these educational sessions are to examine relationships on a continuum. Sessions can be tailored to fit your group dynamic for maximum benefit. 

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The Men's Engagement curriculum is a 3-week group build on restorative justice principles that engages men in meaningful dialogue on topics such as sexual health, masculinity, and violence prevention.

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