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  • Increase the proportion of sexually active students who report using condoms, most of the time or always, for vaginal (and anal) intercourse in the last 30 days, from 24.6 percent (17.9 percent) to 56.1 percent (30.1 percent).
  • Increase the proportion of students who report having ever been tested for HIV, from 21.9 percent to 28.3 percent.

Why is sexual health important for UC Merced students?

  • Healthy sexual relationships can improve the quality of life.
  • Safe sex practices reduce a risk of unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

What are the H.E.R.O.E.S. doing?

To promote condom use and HIV testing, the H.E.R.O.E.S. have created the following programs:

  • Condom Hotspots are locations around campus where students can pick up free condoms and lubricant.
  • Free anonymous HIV Testing Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon (Call 209-228-2273 for an appointment).
  • Peer HIV testing is being explored as an option to improve access to free anonymous HIV on-campus. Take our survey and let us know what you think about peer HIV testing at UC Merced.


Sex Positive: An interactive app that provides information about sexually transmitted infections, safety and communication.

Planned Parenthood: Learn more about specific sexual health topics. You can also schedule an appointment .

UCSHIP: Learn more about what the school's healthy insurance covers before getting tested for sexually transmitted infections.