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Campus Health talks sex as Valentine’s Day approaches

Management junior Karen Johnston helps run a raffle table for students yesterday at the Rec Center. The event was part of Sex Talk, a program designed to educate the student body on healthy sexual practices.

Students will have access to information on sexual health and relationships before Valentine’s Day during SexTalk Week.

Campus Health Service and other campus and community agencies will host events such as a resource fair, an interactive presentation and the Vagina Monologues.

The event is held annually around the second week of February, according to Lee Ann Hamilton, assistant director of Health Promotion and Preventative Services.

Many of the events focus on providing information. A resource fair will bring together nearly 15 campus and community resources on Wednesday.

Nurse practitioners and pharmacists will be available to answer questions on the UA Mall, according to Hamilton. Planned Parenthood, the Student Health Advisory Committee and the Southern Arizona Aids Foundation are among the other included agencies.

“”Information is the most important thing,”” Hamilton said. “”It’s the chance to get their questions answered.””

Campus Health Service will also have a bed on the Mall, Hamilton said. Participants will answer questions on pink hearts and pin them to the bedspread.

Hamilton said she hopes the bed will draw attention to the fair.

“”Not all students have sex,”” she said. “”But all of them have beds.””

Student facilitators will also give a presentation focused on sexual health during Sex Ed College Style on Thursday. The program is hosted by the Women’s Resource Center in collaboration with Campus Health.

“”It’s a really interesting and fun sex ed presentation for college students by college students,”” said Carrie Hardesty, health educator for Campus Health.

The Vagina Warriors, a UA club, will also present the Vagina Monologues this week. The monologues are based on interviews with more than 200 women around the world, according to Ali Weber, president of the Vagina Warriors.

She said the show focuses on “”what it’s like to be a woman today.””

“”Some (monologues) are quite funny,”” said Weber, an interdisciplinary senior. “”Some are emotionally moving.””

Ninety percent of the ticket price benefits the Oasis Program for sexual assault and relationship violence. The other 10 percent will be donated to services for women and girls in Haiti.  

“”Part of how we’re associated with SexTalk Week is we benefit Oasis, which is a vital resource for so many students,”” Weber said.

Weber said the show is also related to sexual health.

“”The Vagina Monologues is really the opportunity to see your body and sexuality as something to be proud of,”” she said.

Hardesty said the week is important whether or not students are sexually active.

“”They should at least have accessible and comprehensive sex-health information available to them,”” she said.


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