Prefrosh Preview: Sex, hookups, and contraception
From what Vox has gathered about college hookup culture in general, Georgetown is pretty average when it comes to sex. According to the Voice‘s super-scientific survey, 72 percent of Georgetown students are sexually active. 52 percent of students said that Georgetown’s student culture encourages sex, but a large portion, 33 percent, neither agreed nor disagreed. And, despite what certain obtuse radio hosts would have you believe, the survey showed that a full 64 percent of Georgetown students are either “often” or “always” in a committed relationship with their sexual partners.
At the same time, many relationships begin as a series of drunken hookups. The main ways people find partners, either romantic or sexual, are through acquaintances, student groups, or class. Vox suggests going a little outside your main group of friends (which, in all likelihood, will be your floor) to find someone to date. When things end (oh, I mean “If”), you don’t want hurt feelings ruining your other relationships.
While many students bemoan the lack of a real dating culture on campus, most are okay just hooking up. It’s true that most students aren’t looking to date, but there are enough people willing to date you to give some credence to the persistent myth that 70 percent of Hoyas marry other Hoyas.
Most students use contraception, despite the University’s policy against selling it on campus. What follows is lifted from former Vox Editor Nico Dodd‘s version of this guide, since yours truly has not collected adequate data on the subject.
In keeping with Catholic doctrine, the University does not allow any contraceptives to be sold on campus (that ban includes facilities residing on land owned by Georgetown, like the hospital and Wisey’s). The Student Health Center can prescribe birth control pills for menstrual cramps or acne, but it can’t prescribe them as contraception, and you’ll have to walk to CVS to fill the prescription.
H*yas for Choice, the unofficial pro-choice group (note the asterisk), gives out free condoms at its table in Red Square and in envelopes outside the doors of some club members’ dorm rooms. While CVS is typically cited as the closest place to buy condoms, the gas station at the bottom of the Exorcist steps will also have what you’re looking for.
The Student Health Center does offer STI testing, but you’ll have to pay for it. The most convenient place to get tested for free is the Whitman-Walker Clinic at 1701 14th Street. There’s also free HIV testing on-campus from time to time.
If you think you might be pregnant, you can pick up a free pregnancy test from Health Education Services (located at 207 Village C West). Georgetown also provides counseling through Pregnancy Services and a confidential cell phone hotline (202-870-1666), which you can call or text with questions.
While Pregnancy Services can discuss your options with you, they “stop short of aiding and abetting abortion,” according to Health Education Services Director Carol Day. If you want access to abortion resources, you should contact Planned Parenthood (its closest clinic is at 1108 16th Street).