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MSU Texas has over 5,000 undergraduate students from 44 states and 54 countries; the diversity is incredible. With this diversity in demographics comes diversity in sex education, or in some cases, lack thereof. It is valuable to engage in the discourse surrounding “taboo” topics such as LGBTQ+ sexual behaviors, sex with disabilities, sex while pregnant, BDSM/Fetish and anal intercourse. Our communities need informative and inclusive sex education, safer sex practices and sexual health resources. 

Consent

Consent is a hot topic in society right now; many people have concerns and questions about what consent really means. In a broad sense, consent is ongoing and enthusiastic. Consenting to one act does not mean consenting to all; consent one day does not mean consent the next. It is vital to ask for permission before engaging in any physical acts; hesitation and inebriation/intoxication automatically mean “NO.” If a person is unable or unwilling to enthusiastically say “YES” the answer is automatically “NO.” It does not matter if it is your partner, if you have known each other for a long time or if you have engaged in these acts before. It is autonomous, so speak up and let your partners know what you want, what you don’t and what you need. 

Safer Sex

Safe sex looks different for many partners. Some people choose to use birth control, internal or external condoms, dental dams, gloves, lubricants, toys or a combination of any of the above. It is important to know how to use all of these products; health providers will answer your questions or individuals can seek out a Certified Sexual Health Resource at Adam & Eve to get information regarding the topics mentioned. It is necessary to understand that any combination of contraception and STI barriers can still result in pregnancy or disease transmission. Hygiene will help prevent transmission of infection:

  1. Wash your hands before and after play
  2. Clean toys with an antibacterial toy mist or foam before and after play
  3. Get tested regularly for STIs. Communication with your partner(s) prior to sex is pertinent; include questions about recent test results, preference on contraception/STI prevention and sexual acts that you would like to engage in or avoid. 

Community Resources

The Center, located at 4011 Seymour Hwy, Wichita Falls, TX 76309, is a non-profit organization that offers free services to the community. Included in these services are: a.) female STI testing and treatment for gonorrhea and chlamydia; b.) pregnancy testing; c.) prenatal classes; and d.) ultrasound. For more information about The Center, go to www.thecenterwf.org 

City of Wichita Falls Health Department, located at 1700 3rd St, Wichita Falls TX 76301, offers several sexual health services for free, or at low cost, with no appointment necessary. Among other services, the Health Department offers HIV/AIDS and syphilis testing for free.

MSU’s Vinson Health Center, located at 3410 Taft Blvd, Wichita Falls, TX 76308, is the college’s health center for students. In addition to their many other services, they offer well-woman gynecological visits for $90 and contraceptive counseling for $45. Appointments are necessary; bring your MSU student ID. 

Adam & Eve, located at 3905 Wayne Ave, Suite F, Wichita Falls, TX 76308, is an adult boutique across from Chipotle. While Adam & Eve sells lingerie and adult toys, they also sell: a.) pH balanced lubricants; b.) sex aids (e.g., vaginal dilators); c.) condoms (i.e. latex, polyurethane, polyisoprene, and lambskin); and d.) dental dams. 

Help/Support

“At Midwestern State University, the Title IX Department provides students, faculty and staff with access to their rights and options under Title IX. The Title IX Department conducts investigations into possible violations of MSU’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, as well as oversees the university’s primary prevention and education programming related to sexual assault, interpersonal violence, and sexual harassment.”

To report dating violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, or other forms of sexual misconduct, follow this link to MSU’s online form: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?MSUTexas&layout_id=6 

First Step Inc., located at 624 Indiana Ave, Wichita Falls, TX 76301, is a nonprofit organization which provides free, confidential and comprehensive domestic violence and sexual assault services. For help, call 800-658-2683. 

National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-4673

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