Last Updated: July 1, 2015
A shame-free sex education
smartphone app from
the University of Oregon Health Center
"SexPositive is an amazing, fun and completely addictive sex ed app"
-Dan Savage, New York Times bestselling author and sex advice columnist
"This is not your mother’s sex education. It’s real, practical, and very fun! Sexual health…right at your fingertips."
-Mary Gossart, Vice President of Education & Training, Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon
SexPositive has been downloaded 36,131 times as of 6/24/15. Version 2.1 includes campus-specific resources for University of Oregon, University of Colorado-Boulder and University of Maryland.
If you have questions or feedback about the app, send us an email
It's difficult to predict when you may need access to sexual health information. With SexPositive, judgement-free information about sexually transmitted infections (STIs), safer sex practices, communication tips and healthy advice are available on your smartphone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Whether you're considering having sex or you're curious about the possibilities, SexPositive delivers sexual health information without the fear, secrecy, misinformation, judgment, and general negativity that often surrounds conversations about sexuality. How do we do that? We talk about what the University of Oregon Health Center knows best: what happens when a body part touches another body part or object.
What is Sex Positivity?
|| "(Sex Positivity is) the cultural philosophy that understands sexuality as a
potentially positive force in one’s life, and it can, of course, be
contrasted with sex-negativity, which sees sex as problematic,
disruptive, dangerous. Sex-positivity allows for and in fact celebrates
sexual diversity, differing desires and relationships structures, and
individual choices based on consent."
-Carol Queen, UO Class of 1985, Phi Beta Kappa, founding director of the Center for Sex and Culture
"Sex positivity is the concept that the appropriate uses of sex extend beyond reproduction to enhancing pleasure, interpersonal relationships, spiritual growth, and emotional and physical health. In a sex positive world, everyone would be free to find a sex life that delights and empowers them."
-The Foundation and Center for Sex Positive Culture
Sex positivity strives to counter the fears, secrecy,
misinformation, judgment, and general negativity that currently surround
sexuality. It emphasizes medically accurate sex education and safer
sex. It makes no moral judgments about what forms sexuality
does or does not take. Sex positivity refers to a way of thinking that
embraces and promotes all forms of sexuality and consensual sexual
experience, placing these values on equal footing with the choice not to
engage in sexual activity.
Sexual Assault Prevention Efforts
NOTE: If you are a victim of sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic/dating violence, stalking, or gender-based Bullying, you can call 541-346-SAFE or visit safe.uoregon.edu to speak with a UO counselor who can explain your options and connect
you with the many resources available to you on the UO campus and in the Eugene community. This service is free and confidential for students.
When we launched the SexPositive app, we felt it was vital to provide students information not only about sexually transmitted infections and safer sex practices, but also to highlight effective communication and partner consent. Beneath our innovative and engaging user interface, we’ve included a section of ways for users to increase communication about sex. It’s not enough to tell people not to rape.
We made an effort to model what we expect users to
First, we want folks to examine their motivations for having sex and consider whether they’re ready for sex. Second, for users who are ready for sex, we want them to understand that a “yes” to one sexual act is not a “yes” to every sexual act. Third, we want users to consider a variety of personal boundaries before finding themselves in a high-pressure situation. Finally, we want to model the many ways to express and obtain explicit consent.
Members of the UO Counseling and Testing Center (UCTC)
wrote and starred in a YouTube video
in which they ask basic questions about a viewer’s readiness for sex. UCTC staff provide contact information for those who want to talk things over with a professional.
gave us permission to share their “yes/no/maybe so” survey
and help people think about boundaries that range from holding hands to anal sex.
We partnered with the UO Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team
(a student troupe that utilizes theater and facilitation to educate peers about sexual assault, dating violence, and sex-positivity) to write and star in YouTube videos
that model how to start difficult conversations, and offer a list of sexy suggestions for obtaining explicit consent (without ruining the mood or sounding like a lawyer).
Students come to campus with a range of beliefs and experiences. By modeling how we expect students to communicate, we will join other programs and organizations at UO whose goals are to create a culture of consent on campus.
One of the universities that licenses the app funded the licensing through their university's Title IX
coordinator, a testament to our assault prevention efforts.
UO campus partners include:
Division of Student Life
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Education & Support Services
UO Sexual Violence Prevention & Education
Office of the Dean of Students
Department of Human Physiology
Department of Biology
Office of Strategic Communications
University Counseling and Testing Center
Peer Health Education Internship Program
Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team
SexPositive in the News:
5 Apps Changing How We Access Sexual Health and Education Resources (7/1/15)
4 Sexual Health Apps You Should Know About, Because Everyone Deserves To Be Having Amazing Sex (6/10/15)
2014 Trojan Sexual Health Report Card (10/20/14)
The Future of Sex Tech Looks Awesome/Terrifying (8/13/14)
I have a Crush…on an App (6/27/14)
SexPositive named the Top Health App for College Students (6/16/14)
NSVRC: SexPositive app aims to help build cultures of consent on campus (4/19/14)
Sex Education in the Palm of Your Hand (12/18/13)
Oregon Quarterly: There's an App for That? (Winter 2013)
Are Smartphone Apps the Sexual Health Tech of the Future? (11/15/13)
KVAL's App of the Week (11/1/13)
Jefferson Public Radio (10/24/13) audio
Mobile Health News (10/14/13)
UO Press Release (10/8/13)
Around the O (10/14/13)
Emerald Media (10/16/13)
Emerald Photo Essay (10/16/13)
KEZI (10/15/13) video
KVAL (10/14/13) video
SameSame (Australia 10/18/13)
Daily Emerald (10/5/13)
Portland Business Journal (10/4/13)
Daily Emerald (5/30/13)
For more information, contact Dr. Elisabeth Maxwell, Health Promotion Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org
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