Sex Carnival: teaching about safe sex and healthy relationships

Ariel Weinstein/Staff Writer

Young adults don’t always realize the risks that come with having sex, and the best possible ways to prevent those risks from turning to consequences.

The Student Health Services organizes and provides various activities and programs that educate students on various aspects of health.

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the SHS will be hosting what they call the “Sex Carnival” which will be located in Wolfe University Center Ballrooms.

This annual event has been carried out for three years, making this February the fourth event. It has been a great success each time.

Sex Carnival is an event that is designed to educate students on safe sex and reinforce information they may already know, but need to stay aware of. Three hundred people are expected to attend.

The event will consist of a resource fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. During the fair, various activities will focus on educating guests on aspects such as contraception, relationships, STDs and more.

“This event tries to explore the issues college students face in sexual health and empower them to be educated,” Sarah Kenneally, a senior health educator from Student Health Services said. “That knowledge could be the difference in helping a student to use contraception or decide to abstain.”

Kenneally is the leader of the event.

Organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Jackson Hospital Roxcy, Bolton Rape Treatment Center and others will be providing entertaining activities.

Also presenting is Dating Coach Adam LoDolce, giving a speech on the healthy ways to feel attractive in college and in relationships. He will be speaking at both campuses.

“There are so many aspects about sexual health and the focus does not always have to be on the act of sex,” Kenneally said.

In addition to the speakers and activities, free STI and HIV testing will be provided from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

With free contraceptives, birth control and Plan B from the clinic, students have everything available to them to keep from sexual consequences, in addition to free food and fun t-shirts as well.

Kenneally hopes students will “have the knowledge and feel confident to make empowering health decisions,” after experiencing the event.

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