Students learn about sexual health

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    Wild parties, heavy drinking and irresponsible sex have long plagued college students’ reputations, but some campus groups are working to change that.Organizations including Hyperfrogs, the Alcohol and Drug Education Center, Programming Council and the Women’s Resource Center are presenting National Sexual Responsibility Week with events around campus.

    Yvonne Giovanis, assistant director of the Alcohol and Drug Education Center, said the programs will educate students about safe sex and sexual health.

    Students will be able to pick up information about safe sex and STDs this week at a booth located in the Student Center outside of the Main, Giovanis said. Also, members of the AIDS Outreach Center of Fort Worth will be on site to provide students with additional information and support, she said.

    Students will have the opportunity to win a gift certificate to a local restaurant and two movie tickets by participating in the “condom count” contest, Giovanis said.

    “Basically, there will be a jar of condoms on the table and students guess how many condoms are in the jar,” Giovanis said.

    Along with the information and contest, Giovanis said students will have the chance to submit questions they have for the opposite sex and a panel of students will answer them Thursday night in the Main. She said the panel will consist of students involved in Programming Council, Orientation, Frog Camp and Hyperfrogs.

    Giovanis said the four organizations all have a common goal.

    “The goal is really just to raise awareness among students and to get them to talk about sexual health and what it means,” Giovanis said.

    Marcy Paul, director of the Women’s Resource Center, said sexual responsibility involves more than safe sex.

    “Have a good open communication with the person you are sexually active with and take every precaution necessary to have a responsible and mature relationship,” Paul said.

    Laura Crawley, assistant dean of Campus Life for health promotions, said sexual health means more than most people think.

    “Sexual health is far more than absence of an STI/STD, or avoidance of unplanned pregnancy; it’s also about wellness and about relationships,” Crawley said. “Sexually healthy students make up their own minds, utilizing good information and their own values about what is right for them, and when it’s right to be sexual. This isn’t a decision a friend or partner makes for us, we make it for ourselves.