Karla Karcioglu, Roving Editor Ω
Sexual Health Week at TRU will run Nov. 12 to 14. It is designed to help students get informed on how to be safe with sex and to provide them positive support on sexual issues.
“[Sex] is just a part of our lives,” wellness coordinator Chelsea Corsi said. “It’s how we all get here.”
According to Corsi, it’s a common misconception that university students are constantly “hooking-up,” and the data from the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) showed that within the 12 months prior, 31 per cent of respondents had zero sexual partners, 45 per cent had one and nine per cent had two.
The survey also showed that 35 per cent of respondents said they received information on the topic of pregnancy prevention from their college or university, and 46 per cent said they received information on sexually transmitted diseases/infection prevention.
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s 2011 annual report on STIs states that genital chlamydia is highest in young women age 20 to 24, with a total of 651 cases in the Thompson Cariboo Shuswap health service area. Genital gonorrhea is most common among males age 20 to 24, with a total of 64 cases in the same area.
Tuesday, Nov. 12 there will be a booth in Old Main Student Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for general sex health information. Students will get information on preventing pregnancy and STIs, what a pap test is, how to find a clinic, and getting to know their body. Corsi said there will be a fun, interactive sexual cranium game, and information for students with questions, even those who are not engaging in sexual activities.
Corey Keith is a TRU masters student and the owner of Spectra Wellness Coaching and Consulting. She’ll be hosting two workshops for Sexual Health Week, the first, entitled “Understanding Sexual and Gender Diversity,” will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 12 and will explore what it means to be LGBT2SQ, with discussion on prevalent issues for those who identify within that community.
Corsi said this event was held last year and received positive feedback.
The second workshop, entitled “Reaching Bliss: Heightening Sexual Experience Through the use of Communication and Self Awareness,” will take place on Thursday, Nov. 14 and will explore techniques for creating connections in a sexual relationship. Corsi said she thinks students often have an easier time engaging in sexual activities than they do in talking about them, and that talking about them is fundamental to a healthy and happy sexual relationship.
Both events will be in room OM 1472 from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.
There will also be a table for the “Don’t Be That Guy” campaign on Wednesday, Nov. 13 in Student Street, which will focus on safe partying tips. Corsi said she doesn’t want to place blame, but instead wishes to teach students ways they can keep themselves safe while out drinking. Commenting on the recent sexual assaults on the UBC campus, Corsi said there is fear and panic on campuses, and she wants to help students better understand issues of consent.
The “Don’t be that Guy” campaign started in Edmonton and it is aimed at men aged 18 to 25, attempting to “demonstrate their role in ending alcohol-facilitated sexual assaults,” according to their website.