FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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DOES THE SIC PROVIDE STI (AND/OR HIV) TESTING?
Unfortunately, we cannot offer STI testing at our office. However, we can refer you to low/no cost STI testing sites in or near Oberlin. If you're looking for HIV testing, check out the Oberlin HIV Peer Testers, who provide free HIV swab testing during the academic year in Wilder. In addition, the SIC regularly hosts free drop-in chlamydia & gonorrhea testing events in Wilder throughout the semester. For more information on STI testing resources, check out the "Additional Resources" page, drop by during our office hours, or email us at email@example.com.
WHAT IF I NEED SOMETHING URGENTLY WHEN THE SIC IS CLOSED?
We've got you covered! Email the SIC at , or message us on Facebook, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible to arrange to open the office for you. Otherwise, if you stop by the office when we're closed, feel free to reach out to one of our emergency contacts posted on the office door. If our staff is unable to open the office for you at a given moment, we'll refer you to other local resources to make sure you can get what you need.
CAN YOU GIVE ME A RIDE TO MY SEXUAL/REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH APPOINTMENT?
YES! The SIC is once again able to provide free rides to clinic visits and appointments related to sexual health, reproductive health, and/or gender affirmation. Please fill out this form, ideally at least 3 days (72 hours) prior to your planned clinic visit. This ride service is confidential -- your identifying information will be seen ONLY by the SIC and your driver. Your volunteer driver has agreed to provide non-judgmental and confidential support during transportation. You may request a ride to ANY location within reasonable driving distance from Oberlin, as long as your clinic visit relates to sexual/reproductive health and/or gender affirmation. You need not be an Oberlin College student to request a ride. Our drivers are volunteers, and rides are contingent upon volunteer availability. Therefore, this is not a guaranteed service. After you fill out the form, the SIC will contact you within one day (24 hours) to acknowledge receipt of your request, and will then be in touch with you to coordinate a ride as soon as possible -- at least one day (24 hours) prior to your requested time. You may always email us at if you have questions about our ride service!
I'M NOT AN OBERLIN COLLEGE STUDENT. CAN I STILL ACCESS THE SIC'S SERVICES?
Absolutely! Our services are for anyone & everyone. While our organization is run by Oberlin College students, we strive to serve the broader Oberlin and Lorain County communities. We recognize that being a student-run organization can sometimes make us an inaccessible space for non-students. If this poses a problem for you, reach out to us at and we'll do our best to make sure you can access our resources comfortable and accessibly.
HOW CAN I CHECK IF YOU HAVE AN ITEM IN STOCK BEFORE STOPPING BY?
Send us an email at , or message us on Facebook, and we'll get back to you letting you know if we have the item in stock.
WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
The SIC can only accept cash payments at this time. If this poses a problem for you, reach out to us via email or drop by during our office hours, and a staff member will help figure out a solution. We never turn away clients solely because of inability to pay. In addition, many of our products and services are free!
WHY ARE SOME OF YOUR CONDOMS FREE WHILE OTHERS COST MONEY?
We offer both free condoms and a variety of at-cost condoms. Our selection of free condoms comes from donated sources such as the Great American Condom Campaign. We sell our other condoms at wholesale cost because we must order them in bulk from the SIC's budget. Our free selection is largely comprised of classic Trojans and Magnums, while our at-cost selection is comprised of a wide range of brands, textures, and sizes. In terms of functionality, there's no difference!
HOW CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT OTHER SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH RESOURCES AROUND OBERLIN?
Check out our "Additional Resources" page for a link to our detailed Local Directory of Sexual & Reproductive Health Resources. Or, drop by during office hours and ask for recommendations from one of our knowledgeable staffers.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SEXCO I, SEXCO II, AND COUNSELING ROLEPLAYS?
SexCo I is our comprehensive sex education course offered through Oberlin's Experimental College. SexCo I topics include consent, safer sex, anatomy, STIs, pregnancy, contraception, abortion, birth, sexualized violence, and more. SexCo II, our second ExCo course, focuses on the social and political implications of the topics covered in SexCo I, and it involves more theoretical reading and discussion. Counseling Roleplays is a concurrent course offered to all SexCo students, in which students are trained to provide trauma-informed, gender-inclusive, and anti-oppression focused peer counseling on topics related to sexual and reproductive health. Prospective SIC Staffers are required to complete both SexCo I and Counseling Roleplays (SexCo II is encouraged, but not required). Visit our Sex Ed page to learn more.
I WANT TO WORK AT THE SIC! HOW CAN I GET STARTED?
That's awesome! We're excited to have you on board! Before folks can apply to work at the SIC, we require that you take SexCo I, and an additional peer counseling skills class offered to SexCo students. Check out the "Get Involved" page for more information!