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Being away from home, possibly for the first time, may present you with opportunities to explore aspects of your life that you may never have before. One of those possible areas of exploration is sexuality and sexual behavior. As a college student, you may be faced with difficult decisions about when, and if, to engage in sexual behavior. We encourage you to make smart, educated decisions about sex. The information contained here is designed to help you in that process.

Sexuality can be an expression of love, or a way to give and receive pleasure. It can often be a deeply personal experience, and only you can decide when you are ready to have sex. No one ever has the right to pressure you into having sex, and we hope you can learn to be confident with expressing your needs and opinions. If you don’t feel comfortable, be sure to say so!

Sex can bring about intense feelings, some of which may be unexpected or difficult to manage. In addition, engaging in sexual behavior includes physical consequences, such as pregnancy or sexually-transmitted diseases. Learning about these issues may involve talking with the important people in your life, such as your family, friends, or partner. However, you may also wish to speak with a trained professional about how to manage sexual feelings or behaviors. The staff of the Counseling Center is available to help you, and you may contact us at (215) 895-1415 or by e-mail at to schedule an appointment.

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