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During college you will have many opportunities to meet people from all over the world and develop lifelong relationships. It’s important to know how to create healthy communication, boundaries and recognize unhealthy relationships.

Healthy Communication

Healthy communication is open, honest and safe, and is a key to any healthy relationship. The following tips can help you maintain healthy communication:

  • Speak up: if something is bothering you, say something. It’s tempting to keep things to avoid confrontation and keep things to yourself. In the long run, small annoyances often turn into larger issues. Use “I” statements, to express your feelings. For example, “I felt hurt after you didn't show up when we planned and you didn't call to let me know.” 
  • Respect other person’s opinion: it’s easy to say that we respect people but it’s much harder to do so when it’s affecting us personally. Other people’s wishes and feelings have value, and so do yours. Use reflective statements to summarize what your partner has said. For example, “You’re angry that I left the kitchen a mess after I said I’d clean it this weekend.” This will show them that you’re listening and it will prevent any miscommunication.
  • Compromise: whether you’re trying to agree with your roommates on whose turn it is to clean the kitchen or trying to find a way to balance your time with friends and school, you’ll inevitably have to compromise on many things. It’s important to identify the most important things you want to get out of any relationship, activity or event. Talking about it with others can help you will ensure you aren't giving too much and receiving too little in return. More Information
  • Build Support system: Having someone to talk to when you’re not feeling great is very important. Establishing a system of support ensures you can have a great college experience. But it’s also equally important to offer reassurance and support to others when they need it. More Information

Healthy Boundaries

Healthy boundaries help you and your partner understand what you want out of your relationship to feel secure. This will ensure that you know what your partner and you can expect from each other. These same principles are important for friendships, romantic relationships and relationships between family members.  

Healthy Relationship Boosters

Every relationship can get a bit stale or create a feeling of disconnect between people. It’s a good idea to have hobbies and interests that can help you meet new people or spend some quality alone time. Spending time away can energizing so you can be more engaged with people around you. Another good way to boost relationships is to find common interests that all parties enjoy. It can be as simple as watching favorite movies, going for a hike, or going out for dinner. Talking about feelings can also create a sense of connectedness and bring people closer together.

Long Distance Relationships

More Information: 

Unhealthy Relationships

For a relationship to be healthy and happy, all parties must be treated with respect and have equal power to make decisions. Unhealthy relationships are based on one person demanding more control and power over the other. There are different types of abuse: verbal, emotional, physical and psychological. Sometimes the abuse can be subtle.

 A person may:

  • Try to separate you from people you’re close to
  • Jealous of other people even if they’re just your friends or family
  • Check your phone, email, social media without your permission
  • Make fun of you, your interests, hobbies, and friends
  • Tell you want you can’t or can’t do (what you can wear, where you can go, who you can spent time with)
  • Change mood frequently (gets angered easily, over small things, then becomes apologetic and remorseful)
  • Physically hurt you in any way (even if they say it was accidental)
  • Verbally, physically forcing you to have sex

If you think your relationship with someone is unhealthy please consider your safety and well-being. You are not required for any reason to stay in contact with that person. Connect with people you feel comfortable with, and seek help from Saint Cloud State University.

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LGBTQIA

Gender Medicine

Medical Clinic does not provide specialty gender medicine care. However, our support services can useful to students. Lab work orders can be sent to the Medical Clinic and completed conveniently on campus. Additionally, prescriptions for hormone treatment can be filled at our pharmacy. 

Gender Medicine Clinic at CentraCare Clinic

CentraCare Clinic is excited to announce the expansion of the Sexual Medicine Clinic to include Gender Medicine in 2017. Sexual Medicine services will provide medical care, behavioral health care, and support services that are sensitive to the needs of people on the trans spectrum. Their primary goal is to provide a safe, welcoming, inclusive, and affirming space for all. 

Gender Medicine Program at CentraCare Health 
320-654-3633
CentraCare Health Plaza
1900 CentraCare Circle, Suite 2375
St. Cloud, Minnesota

Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Infections and HIV

Are you at Risk for STD's/S.T.I's/HIV? 

Anyone having any kind of sex (vaginal, oral or anal) is at risk. In fact, many people infected do not experience symptoms. The only way to know if you are at risk is to get tested. 

It is important to: 

  • Talk to your partner about their sexual history
  • Always use a protective barrier (condom, dam)
  • Get tested annually
Take a quiz and see if you're at risk: STD Wizard

General information and treatment suggestions from the Center for Disease Control. 

HIV/AIDS Resources

Clinics for STD/S.T.I. testing

Medical Clinic, St. Cloud State University
320-308-3193
Appointments: myhealthservices.stcloudstate.edu

  • Offers STD/S.T.I. testing & treatment
  • Most tests and treatments will be covered by your insurance, or will be provided at a reduced rate.
  • Fast, thorough and convenient service
Planned Parenthood, St. Cloud Clinic
320-252-9504
451 E. St Germain St, Suite 100, St. Cloud, MN 56301
Mon-Fri AM-PM
  • Testing & Treatment for STD/STIs
  • Online STD testing

 

Pregnancy

Contraceptives and Birth Control

Pregnancy Resources

Medical Clinic does not provide Prenatal care to students. Below is a listing of services in our area. 

Prenatal Care Clinics

CentraCare Obstetrics and Women’s Health
St. Cloud Minnesota
320-654-3630
Accepts MA

Health Partners Central Minnesota
Sartell, Minnesota
320-253-5220
Accepts MA

St. Cloud Medical Group
St. Cloud, Minnesota
320-251-8181
Accepts MA

Adoption Agencies

Children’s Home Society of Minnesota
St. Paul Minnesota
651-646-7771
651-287-2599 (24-hour pregnancy line)
All services offered are free

Lutheran Social Service
St. Cloud Minnesota
320-251-7700
Accepts MA 

Pregnancy Termination

In Minnesota, abortions are completed within the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Whole Women’s Health Twin Cities
Minneapolis, Minnesota
612-376-7708
Accepts MA (covers most or all of cost)

Robbinsdale Clinic PA
Robbinsdale, Minnesota
763-533-2534
Accepts MA

St. Paul Health Center Vandalia St.
St. Paul, Minnesota
651-698-2406
Accepts MA

Sexual assault

Women's Center

(320)-308-4958
womenscenter@stcloudstate.edu

The Women's Center provides advocacy, counseling support, information and resources to address gender-related violence, such as sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking, as well as other issues influencing women’s opportunities, rights and success.

Condom Club

What is Condom Club?

Members of the condom club are eligible to purchase condoms at rates significantly lower than retail price after learning about the importance of and proper use of condoms.

What are the benefits of Condom Club?

  • Condom Club members receive discounted condom purchases (12/$2), dental dams and lubricant.
  • As a member you will receive a FREE Condom Club member button and emails sharing upcoming discounts.

How do you join the Condom Club?

To be eligible for Condom Club, a person must complete a brief educational component. There are two ways to complete the educational requirements for condom club. First, attend a sexual health program presented by Health Promotion on campus. Otherwise, students can watch the "Condom Club Video" at the Healthy Huskies office in Eastman 111. It is just that EASY.

Where do I go?

You can buy Condom Club safer sex products at the Healthy Huskies office- Eastman 111. 

 

Condom Club does not distribute safer sex materials without also providing health-enhancing education and the opportunity for students to ask questions and receive other health resources.