Who we are

The SHPRC is Stanford’s Sexual Health Peer Resource Center, a student-run, one-stop shop for safer sex supplies, sex toys, sexual health counseling, and more! Our mission is to promote sexual health and healthy relationships across campus, through our center and through community outreach.

We’re located on the second floor of Vaden Health Center, and we’re open from 12–5pm on Monday through Friday. If you can’t make it to the center, you can contact us via phone at (650) SAFE-SEX (or (650) 723-3739) during regular hours.

Thanks to ASSU Special Fees, all undergraduates and coterms receive a $3 credit towards any product in our center every quarter, so it’s worth your while to come by! You’ll be surprised how far your $3 goes with our heavily subsidized prices—most external condoms are 10 for $1, for instance, and all of our goodies are amazingly affordable. Due to our funding structure, grad students are not eligible for credit. However, we welcome grad students to enjoy our products and services and take advantage of our subsidized prices.

In our center, we carry a wide variety of condoms, lube, and toys for all sexes and genders as well as pregnancy tests. Additionally, we now have an extensive lending library filled with books about sex, sexuality, and sexual health/wellness. Even if you’re not in the market for condoms or sexual health information, you’re more than welcome to stop by the SHPRC just to check it out.

Location and HoursThe SHPRC

The SHPRC is located on the second floor of Vaden Student Health Center, next to HIV*PACT and the I Thrive offices.

Monday: 12–5pm
Tuesday: 12-5pm
Wednesday: 12–5pm
Thursday: 12–5pm
Friday: 12–5pm

We are open every Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters, from Week 2 to Week 10. We are closed during Finals Week each quarter.

Products and Library

The SHPRC carries a huge variety of sexual health goodies, from condoms to massage oil to vibrators and beyond! Check out our Products and Library page to see a description and price list for the products we sell.

An Informal History

In the mid-1970s, a group of Stanford students started the “Contraceptive Information Center,” located in the Fire Truck House (which currently houses the Women’s Community Center on the first floor and the Queer Student Resources Center on the second floor).  Soon, the group moved to Cowell, with a branch at the Fire Truck House, called “Ye Olde Safer Sex Shoppe.”  In the mid-1990s, in response to a need to educate students about the AIDS epidemic, the group broadened its mission from contraception to a full range of sexual health topics, and voilà! We became the SHPRC.

Around the same time, the class for the SHPRC counselors (as well as other student counselors and the then-newly minted PHEs) began, when the Psych department became more research-focused.  Read more…


The SHPRC offers outreach programs for residences and student groups. Check out our Outreach page for more information!

Join Our Team

Become a SHPRC counselor! Enroll in EDUC 193S: Peer Counseling on Comprehensive Sexual Health.

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