OPEN's Frisky Husky program delivers free external condoms, internal condoms, oral dams, and water-based lubricant right to your mailbox.

Click here to order from Frisky Husky!

Program goals:

  • Promote use of barrier methods (condoms and oral dams) during sexual activity
  • Reduce STI transmission rates and increase STI testing rates
  • Promote affirmative consent and boundary setting during sexual activity

 

Because this is a pilot program, Frisky Husky is currently limited to Northeastern students living on-campus in residence halls and leased properties. Students may order up to 6 times during the semester.

All Northeastern students can also stop by the UHCS waiting room on the first floor of the Forsyth Building to take free external condoms. Click here to see UHCS hours and location.

Program idea courtesy of Boston University’s Wellness and Prevention Services.

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Ordering from Frisky Husky

Northeastern students who currently live in Northeastern residence halls and leased properties can place orders via Frisky Husky. There is no cost for placing orders: Frisky Husky supplies are free!

You can order free external condoms, internal (female) condoms, oral/dental dams, and water-based lubricant. Latex-free options are available if you or your partner(s) has a latex allergy.

Use this Frisky Husky Flowchart to determine which supplies are best for you:

Flowchart on what kinds of protection is needed for different sexual encounters.

For more information about the supplies available and how to use them, please see OPEN’s page on using barrier methods.

Click here to learn more about how to correctly use external and internal condoms, oral/dental dams, and lubricant.

Yes, latex-free sexual health supplies are available at no cost. If you or your partner(s) has a latex allergy, simply indicate that you would like latex-free supplies when filling out the order form.

You may order from Frisky Husky up to six times during the fall semester. The six orders are self-paced, meaning you decide when during the semester you’d like to place each order.

Click here to place an order!

Since we deliver sexual health supplies by mailing you a discreet package, it can take up to 5-7 business days for your supplies to arrive.

The package will arrive in a discreet opaque shipping bag such as the one shown here:

Frisky husky package

OPEN runs the Frisky Husky program. Our office’s services are confidential, meaning we do not share information about students’ utilization of Frisky Husky with parents, family members, academic advisors, professors, or anyone else outside of OPEN.

Yes, you can help us package supplies so we can fulfill orders more quickly! Sign up to receive emails about upcoming Frisky Husky volunteer opportunities.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Also called sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), STIs are infections that can spread during sex via contact with skin, semen, vaginal fluids, blood, and the anus. Depending on the STI, transmission can occur during sexual activity that exposes one person to another person’s skin, mouth, genitals, or anus.

Examples of STIs include chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV/AIDS, herpes, hepatitis, human papillomavirus (HPV), syphilis, and trichomoniasis. Many people with STIs do not experience symptoms and might not know they have an STI.

STIs are common, with an estimated 50% of new infections occurring in people aged 15–24. When used properly during every sex act, barriers such as condoms and oral dams prevent the transmission of STIs like herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV/AIDS. Click here for more reasons to get STI testing.

STIs are common and often asymptomatic. You can still contract an STI even if your partner(s) does not have symptoms. Left untreated, STIs can cause long-term health complications and make it more likely you will contract additional STIs.

All Northeastern students can receive STI testing at UHCS. In addition, there are off-campus testing locations available in Boston. For STI testing sites, please see this list of sexual health resources.

Consent and Communication

Whenever you are engaging in anything sexual with other people, it’s important to get consent beforehand and as the sexual activity changes. Consent is important for any sexual activity, whether the context is a casual hook-up or an ongoing relationship.

Visit our Consent page to find out what consent sounds like.

STIs can spread in a number of ways during sexual activity, and they are sometimes not symptomatic. It is important to get tested, and make sure your partner(s) have also been tested, to ensure your sexual health.

But asking your partner(s) if they have been tested can be a difficult conversation, so we have outlined some ways to broach the subject on our Sexual Health page.

It can also be difficult to talk to your partner(s) about your STIs. Here are some tips on how to get the conversation started.

When used correctly, barrier methods can prevent against STIs. Here is some information about using barrier methods and how to speak to your partner(s) about it.