Talking to Your Doctor About S-E-X! (March 9th)

March 9th @ 12pm @ Sarah Doyle Women’s Center Lounge (26 Benevolent St.)

Scared of the OBGYN? Don’t know what to expect from a prostate exam? Have NO CLUE what a visit to the doctor entails when it comes to sexual functioning? Join Justine Shuey, trained sexuality educator and board-certified sexologist, to learn how to be a better advocate for your own personal sexual health.

An educated patient is a healthy patient, especially because most doctors receive less than one week of sex-ed as part of their professional training regimen. It’s up to YOU to advocate for your health!

In this workshop, learn what to expect, and what questions to ask your doctor whether you are going in for a regular checkup or whether you have specific concerns about your sexual health. See instruments used in sexual health assessments and learn how they work. Learn to be more involved with your doctor and your overall medical well-being. We will also discuss kink aware professionals and how to find them.

Condom Carnival (Feb. 16th)

A celebration of Condom Week ’11! (Feb 14 – Feb 21)

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 16 · 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Near Faunce/Campus Center

We’ll have games, condom flowers, free lube + condoms, and button-making!

*Lube-tasting station*
We’ll have an assortment of lube in pump bottles or little packets for people to taste! We’ll also have free lube samples you can take home, as well as info sheets about the types of lube available out there!

*Condom station with “Cockboard” *
A display of a variety of condoms so you can check them out before taking them home. Free condoms galore, as well as info sheets on the types of condoms available out there.

*Safer Sex Superhero Station* courtesy of SHAG & Health Ed
Condom Man and Friends materials including coloring pages and button making! Copies of the Little Brown Book will also be available.

*”Food For Thought” game station*
2 or 3 people at a time have a set number of fruits and veggies to cover up with condoms. The person who covers them all in the least amount of time OR who covers the MOST in a given amount of time wins!

A larger version of this will happen for Sex Week (March 13-19th), so be on the lookout for that!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sexuality educators set the record straight: “Talking about sexuality does not increase sexually transmitted infections” despite what non-experts report.

For Immediate Release
Sexuality educators set the record straight: “Talking about sexuality does not increase sexually transmitted infections” despite what non-experts report.

Contact: 
Megan Andelloux
HiOhMegan@gmail.com
401-345-8685

Contact: Aida Manduley
Aida_manduley@brown.edu
787-233-0025

In yet another attempt to shut down access to quality sex education, South-Eastern New England conservative advocates hit the sex panic button in a multi-state, email and phone campaign to colleges all over New England last week.

On February 3rd and 4th , certified sexuality educator and sexologist Megan Andelloux (AASECT, ACS) received word that numerous colleges and university faculty received a document stating that colleges who brought sex educators such as Ms. Andelloux onto their campuses were linked to the increasing rate of transmission of HIV in RI. Furthermore, among other misleading “facts” that were “cited,” the author of this bulletin claimed that Brown University was facing an HIV crisis, which is false.

Citizens Against Trafficking, the face behind the fear-mongering, spammed numerous local institutions from a University of Rhode Island account with its latest malicious missive that targeted specific individuals as well as Brown University. The author of the letter, Margaret Brooks, an Economics Professor at Bridgewater State, suggested that colleges and universities that host sexuality speakers, including those who are professionally accredited, are partly to blame for the four new cases of HIV which have been diagnosed amongst RI college students this year.

Ms. Andelloux states: “My heart goes out to those students who have recently tested positive for HIV. However, there is no evidence of any link between campus presentations on sexual issues and the spike in HIV cases. Rather, I would suggest that this demonstrates a need for more high-quality sex education to college students.“ It is unclear why people at URI or Citizens Against Trafficking, a coalition to combat all forms of human trafficking, is attempting to stop adults from accessing sexual information from qualified, trained educators. What is certain however, is that this Professor of Economics miscalculated her suggestion that a correlation exists between increased HIV rates in Rhode Island and the type of sex education these speakers provided at Brown University: one that emphasized accurate information, risk-reduction, pleasure, and health.

Barrier methods have been shown by the CDC to reduce the transmission of HIV and other STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections). Research has shown that when individuals have access to medically accurate information, are aware of sexual risk reduction methods, and have access to learn about sexual health, the number of infections and transmission of STIs decreases, pain during sex decreases, and condom use increases. The CAT circulated bulletin is blatantly misleading about many issues, and often omits information that is crucial to understanding the full picture of sex education at Brown and in Rhode Island.

When individuals who do not hold any background in sexuality education speak out in opposition because of their fear or prejudice, society becomes rooted in outdated beliefs and pseudo-science that do injustice to people everywhere. Furthermore, when those individuals personally and publicly attack those devoted to providing sex education with false and misinformed accusations, it not only hurts those who are defamed, but also the community at large.

We ask for an immediate retraction of the vilifying and inaccurate statements made by Ms. Margaret Brooks and Citizens Against Trafficking in their latest newsletter. We also ask that esteemed local universities such as URI and Bridgewater State continue to hold their employees to ethical standards of normal scientific inquiry and require that their faculty hold some modicum of expertise in a field of education before raising the public level of panic over it.

Megan Andelloux is available to answer any questions the press, Margaret Brooks, University of Rhode Island or Citizens Against Trafficking holds. Aida Manduley, the Chair of Brown University’s Sexual Health Education and Empowerment Council and Brown University’s is available to discuss the upcoming Sex Week and sexuality workshops held at Brown University.

Signed,
Megan Andelloux
Shanna Katz
Reid Mihalko
Aida Manduley

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Great American Condom Campaign Safe-Site

SHEEC was selected as a Fall Semester 2010 Great American Condom Campaign Safe-Site! Hurrah!

“You are joining 1,000 other young people in creating a sexually healthy nation. More than 2,300 people applied to become a SafeSite this round. In October, Trojan will ship a box of 500 condoms to the address you entered on your application, so you can get started on distributing condoms to your peers!”

What is the GACC?

The Great American Condom Campaign is a youth-led grassroots movement to make the U.S. a sexually healthy nation. Each year, GACC members give out 1,000,000 Trojan Brand condoms on college campuses across the United States, educate their peers about sexual health, and organize to improve the policies that affect young people’s health and lives.