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We want you to consider us your one stop hub for health and wellness education. What does that mean exactly? It means you can count on us for research-based training, health promotion, and individualized wellness consults--or just stop by and pick up some free condoms, lube, and more.

And, for any RAs, PAs, or curious folks out there, check out our fact sheet library below. Whether you are looking for information on contraception, STI prevention, consent, or substance use or abuse, we've got you covered. For each topic, click "learn more" for a more detailed infographic or fact sheet. 

As always, if there's a topic you'd like to see covered that you don't see below, let us know! We'll do our best to accommodate you.

The Health Promotion and Advocacy Center conducts a range of workshops and outreach activities around campus. Our staff provides programming and targeted training for various populations within the campus community. When contacting us for a workshop, please allow 2-3 weeks' notice for planning purposes. 

We have recently provided specialized training to Campus Life administrative staff, the Academic Support and Access Center, faculty, various student organizations, the Conduct Council, and the AU Police Department. 

Sample programs include: 

  • Wellness and the Graduate Student  
  • Sleep: How much do you know? 
  • Trauma, the Brain, and Student-centered Service Provision
  • Bystander Intervention: Can it make a difference? 
  • Drop in group: Discussing stigma around STIs  
  • Safe Space Self-care: inclusive, drop-in self-care nights
Have you attended any of these programs? Would you like to provide feedback or request a follow-up event? Drop us a line!

Sexual violence is a systemic problem. In order to address this complex, multi-causal issue, prevention education must be multi-faceted--targeting individual thoughts and beliefs, as well as broad cultural ideals and values. 

We know from research that "one and done" programs do little to change behavior. HPAC's year-round violence prevention programming is delivered in doses, and designed for maximum impact. 

Do you have an idea for a program you'd like to see? We'd love to hear from you!

Working in wellness and health promotion means that we get to help students feel better for a living. This means taking a proactive approach to student well-being. When students feel sick or stressed, they might make an appointment at the Health Center or Counseling Center. And that's great! But proactive wellness means taking steps to take care of yourself before getting sick or feeling bad.  

Alternately, sometimes students feels like they want help, but they are not sure where to start. One common scenario is that students feel stressed by their workload, which impacts their sleep, which in turn impacts energy, mood, social life, and school performance.  

Where would you even start?   

Consider contacting the Health Promotion and Advocacy Center for a free 30 minute "Wellness Consult." During this time, we will assess your immediate needs, help you develop an self-care action plan, and provide referrals to specialized care on or off campus. We provide consults on the following additional topics:  

  • Self-care 
  • Sexual Health
  • Reproductive health/birth control methods 
  • Alcohol & drug use 
  • Healthy relationships 
  • Sleep

At the Health Promotion and Advocacy Center, we believe that students are adults who are free to make their own choices when it comes to sex. In keeping with best practice in the health promotion, we are dedicated to promoting safe, consensual, and healthy sexual behavior among those who choose to have sex. 

We maintain a collection of free sexual health resources that are available from Monday through Friday 9-5 in our office in Hughes Hall, suite 105. Our entrance is on the exterior of Hughes Hall, facing the amphitheater.

We currently carry: 

  • A variety of regular lubricated male condoms 
  • Extra large lubricated roll-on (male) condoms 
  • Non-latex insertive (female) condoms 
  • Water-based lubricant packets
  • Latex dental dams 

Is there something we should be carrying that you don’t see here? We want to hear about it! Email us at hpac@american.edu.

Fact Sheets

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STI Basics

Did you know?

  • Not all STIs have symptoms.
  • People don't often notice signs of
    • Chlamydia,
    • HIV or
    • Ghonnorhea

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What is Consent?

  • Words or conduct indicating a freely given agreement to have sexual intercourse or to participate in sexual activities. 
  • Clear
  • Coherent
  • Ongoing
  • Honest

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Alcohol Use

Nationwide, 60% of college students drink alcohol regularly. At AU, 76% do. However:

  • Approximately two out of every three college students who drink regularly participate in binge drinking.

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Contraception

Not all birth control is created equal: 

  • With condoms *alone* up to 24 out of 100 women will become pregnant. 
  • With an IUD, only 1 woman in 100 will.

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Sexual Violence

The term "sexual violence" refers to a range of non-consensual behavior, including:

  • sexual harassment
  • sexual assault
  • rape
  • dating violence
  • stalking

Learn More

Rx Drugs

Abusing Rx Drugs Can Lead to:

  • Organ damage
  • Trouble breathing
  • Heart attack
  • Seizures
  • Addiction
  • Death

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Preventing STIs

Reduce your risk:

  • Use a condom
  • Talk with your partner; get tested together
  • Limit your number of partners
  • Practice abstinence


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Marijuana

  • In DC it is now legal for those 21 and older to possess 2 oz or less of marijuana, among other changes.
  • However, at AU it remains against school policy to use or possess marijuana or any related paraphernalia.

 

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Relationships

All relationships whether:

  • familial
  • intimate, or 
  • platonic 

exist on a spectrum ranging from healthy to abusive. Where do YOURS fall? 

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