Lowering Risk

Safer sex means protecting yourself and your partner from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV and unplanned pregnancy. Safer sex can also mean deciding to abstain from sexual intercourse or finding other forms of sexual expression that do not involve the exchange of bodily fluids.

OSU Sex StatsGet Dressed Before You Get Down

Every two years we survey students on their sexual health behaviors as well as a whole host of other health behaviors. Here are the survey results from Spring 2014:

  • 30 percent of OSU students weren’t sexually active within the last year
  • 70 percent of students had one or more partners during the last year
  • Out of the 70 percent who were sexually active, 43 percent of them had one partner during the last year

Of those that were sexually active:

  • 46 percent had oral sex within the last 30 days
  • 50 percent had vaginal intercourse in the last 30 days and
  • 5 percent had anal sex in the past 30 days

NOTE: There is a big discrepancy between how much sex people think everyone else is getting and what students are actually reporting.

Continuum of Risk

There are varying levels of risk involved with sexual activities.


  • Kissing
  • Masturbation or mutual masturbation
  • Cyber-sex, fantasy, or phone sex
  • Touching or massage
  • Fondling or body rubbing
  • Using clean sex toys


  • Manual stimulation of one another
  • Vaginal intercourse with a condom or female condom
  • Anal intercourse with a condom or female condom
  • Oral sex on a man with a condom
  • Oral sex on a woman with a dental dam or non-microwavable plastic wrap


  • Vaginal intercourse without a condom
  • Anal intercourse without a condom
  • Oral sex without a condom, dental dam, or non-microwavable plastic wrap

Lower Your Risk of STIs and Unwanted Pregnancy