Love, Sex & Health For All


September 20-24, 2021
Hey UIUC! Isn’t it time to talk about the sex ed we really want? McKinley Health Center and Sexual Health Peers are hosting “Love, Sex & Health For All” a sexual health awareness week, leading up to 2021 Pride Fest. We are creating spaces that will change the way we talk about sexual health on campus. Come be a part of inclusive, shame-free, real-talk sex ed. You can follow along on Instagram or checkout an event (or multiple events) on the calendar below. Both in-person and virtual events are happening! Campus COVID-19 safety policies and recommendations will be followed at all in-person events.


Calendar of Events:

Say What?! Sex Functioning?
Kate Donaldson
Monday, September 20th, 12:00-12:30pm
Location: Instagram Live on @SHPUIUC
Hear from McKinley’s Sexual Health Educator about common questions, experiences, and challenges students have when it comes to desire, pleasure, erection, orgasm and ejaculation, and more.

Condoms on the Quad
Sexual Health Peers & Planned Parenthood Generation Action
Monday, September 20th, 1:00-2:00pm
Location: Main Quad

We’ll be out on the Quad with safer sex supplies for you. External condoms, dental dams, lube, affirmations, and more! Free t-shirts for the first 50 people to pick up a safer sex kit.  

What's Hot, What's Not?
Sexual Health Peers
Monday, September 20th, 6:00-7:00pm
Location: Siebel Center for Design Amphitheater, 1208 S 4th St, Champaign, IL 61820

A conversation about safer sex practices with an emphasis on pleasure. Learn about different sexual behaviors, techniques, and sexual aid/toys while prioritizing safety. Free t-shirts for the first 50 people to attend.

My High School Sex Ed…
Tuesday, September 21st, 3:00-3:30pm
Location: Instagram Live on @SHPUIUC

So, this conversation could go a lot of different ways. We’re hoping you come with questions and reflections…. Things you weren’t taught or misinformation you were told as a teen. Why is it so hard to talk about sexual health growing up? Where does shame and stigma come from? Let’s dive into sex ed together.

Healthy Sexuality after Unwanted Sexual Experiences
Katie Rhoades & The Counseling Center
Tuesday, September 21st, 5:00-6:00pm
Location: Register to receive a Zoom link https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwodO6hrDkpG9N0Hj4rkGX2YQJW72KKbmjA

This workshop is designed for survivors of unwanted sexual experiences to discuss sexuality, recovery, and empowerment. This workshop is a safe place to learn about the impact of unwanted sexual experiences and how survivors can connect with their sexuality.

Let's Talk about Sex(ism)!
Diversity and Social Justice Ed
Tuesday, September 21st, 6:30-8:00pm
Location: Women’s Resources Center, 616 E Green Street Suite 202, Champaign, IL 61820

Let's Talk about Sex(ism)! Tackling Gender Inequality examines what modern day sexism can look like and other issues related to gender identity. Free t-shirts for the first 20 people to attend.  

You Get a Menstrual Cup!
Code Red & Sexual Health Peers
Wednesday, September 22nd, 3:00-5:00pm
Location: La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 W Nevada St, Urbana, IL 61801

Stop by to pick up a free menstrual cup, limited quantities available for first to arrive. Also, get t-shirts, stickers, and other merch!

Sexual Health Clinic (STI/HIV Testing)
Champaign Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD)
Wednesday, September 22nd, 3:30-6:30pm
Location: McKinley Foundation, 809 S 5th St, Champaign, IL 61820

CUPHD's Sexual Health Clinic at the McKinley Foundation offers full STI testing, rapid HIV testing, rapid syphilis testing, PrEP for HIV prevention, condoms, and STI prevention education. All services at this clinic will be free of charge. Walk-ins are welcome!

Misconceptions about Contraceptives
Dr. Ambroz & Kim Rice (co-sponsored by Bachelors of Social Work Association)
Wednesday, September 22nd, 5:00-6:00pm
Location: School of Social Work Rm 2015, 1010 W Nevada St, Urbana, IL 61801

We’ve all heard them. We’ve been taught many misconceptions about contraception, and for many reasons. This conversation is for you if you are looking to expand your knowledge of what prevention and protection options are available and feel more empowered to make choices that are right for YOUR body. Free t-shirts for the first 30 people to attend.

Tie Dye & Turn-ons
Sexual Health Peers
Thursday, September 23rd, 11:00am-1:00pm
Location: South Quad

Yes, we said tie dye and turn-ons in the same sentence. Receive a free t-shirt to tie dye while we talk about how to discover what feels good for your body. Event limited to 50 people.

Body Exploration
Kate Donaldson
Thursday, September 22nd, 2:00-2:30pm
Location: Instagram Live on @mckinleyhealthcenter

In 30 minutes, we will share some practical tips to help you be mindful of your body’s experience during sexual experiences.

The Intersection Between Sex and Mental Well-Being
The Counseling Center
Thursday, September 22nd, 3:00-4:00pm
Location: Register to receive a Zoom link https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtceyurDopE9F2Uz-M1khAfpbCd9zHjy4y

Join the Counseling Center staff in a discussion about how mental health can impact aspects of sex and vice versa. Topics to discuss will include mental health, performance anxiety, libido and self-esteem.

Making the Invisible Visible
The Trauma and Resilience Initiative & Uniting Pride
Thursday, September 23rd, 7:00pm
Location: Uniting Pride’s Facebook and YouTube

A 2021 Pride Fest Event: A discussion around how both the HIV pandemic and the current Global COVID pandemics have impacted individuals and communities that have traditionally been viewed as invisible, underserved and under supported, as well as how to apply lessons learned from both pandemics to create more equitable, just, compassionate and healing communities.

Powerful Bodies
Sexual Health Peers & Planned Parenthood Generation Action
Friday, September 24th, 12:00-2:00pm
Location: Main Quad

Together let’s call out cultural influences and systems and external pressures that set unrealistic expectations for our bodies and sexuality.

Sexcess Bingo
Sexual Health Peers & Planned Parenthood Generation Action
Friday, September 24th, 3:00pm-4:30pm
Location: Illini Union, Room B, 1401 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801

This is not your grandma’s bingo. No, 69 is not the only number we’ll be calling. Prizes include e-gift cards, safer sex supplies, t-shirts, sex toys, merch and more!

Follow along on Instagram all week long at @shpuiuc. Use the hashtag #lovesexhealthuiuc.

Also, check out the Uniting Pride 2021 PRIDE FEST happening all week long.

 

A whole week of sex ed on campus? Why?

We know that sexual health should not only be discussed in relation to STI/HIV and unintended pregnancy, but also how it can promote pleasure and intimacy, too. It’s important to acknowledge the diverse realities of student’s sexual experiences, student’s personal views—including faith-based—and their decision to engage or not engage in sexual activity, and work to reduce stigma and shame that surround bodies and sexuality (ACHA, 2020).
By providing comprehensive and inclusive sex education on campus we can improve health outcomes but we also have the opportunity to contribute to social change, dismantling systems of oppression that allow today’s biggest sexual and reproductive health injustices to exist (SIECUS, 2020).

Students at Illinois are curious about sexual health topics. According to the Spring 2019 ACHA-NCHA survey, the following percentage of students were interested in receiving information from University of Illinois on:

  • Pregnancy Prevention- 42% of students
  • Relationship Difficulties- 48% of students
  • Sexual assault/Relationship violence prevention- 54% of students
  • Sexually transmitted disease/Infection (STD/I) prevention- 51% of students

 

Thank you to our partners:

Champaign Urbana Public Health District
Code Red
Diversity and Social Justice Ed
La Casa Cultural Latina
McKinley Health Center
McKinley’s Sexual Health Peers
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (Broadening Inclusion Grant)
Planned Parenthood & Planned Parenthood Generation Action
School of Social Work & Bachelors of Social Work Association
The Counseling Center
Uniting Pride
Women’s Resources Center