Get Lei’d Safely Week

You may have  seen work­ers in the Union Cafe’ as well as stu­dents walk­ing around cam­pus wear­ing Leis around their necks. This is because they stopped by the Get Lei’d Safely table in the atrium of the Yel­low­jacket Union. “The Get Lei’d Safely Week is an annual event that is designed to pro­mote aware­ness of safe sex and safe sex prac­tices” says Dawn Schulze, the coor­di­na­tor of Stu­dent Heath and Coun­sel­ing. Dawn con­tin­ued to describe the pur­pose of the event by stat­ing that it is not nec­es­sar­ily pro­mot­ing sex, but its pri­mary focus is to pro­mote choices. If stu­dents do choose to have sex, Stu­dent Health and Coun­sel­ing wants to make sure that they are doing so safely. Dawn explained dif­fer­ent options that sex­u­ally active stu­dents have, includ­ing male and female con­doms, and that they are essen­tial in pro­tect­ing against unwanted preg­nancy, STD’s, and STI’s.

The Get Lei’d Safely week takes place between 11 AM and 1 PM and runs through Thurs­day. Each day has a dif­fer­ent focus, rang­ing from infor­ma­tion about STD’s on Mon­day, to infor­ma­tion on sex on Tues­day, to healthy and safe rela­tion­ships on Wednes­day. The Get Lei’d Safely week will also pro­vide stu­dents with infor­ma­tion on cri­sis resources, clin­i­cal ser­vices, and con­tra­cep­tive meth­ods says Kristy McGif­fert, the health edu­ca­tor for Stu­dent Health and Coun­sel­ing. Free con­doms, candy and other resources are given out at the table all week long.

Next time you are in the Yel­low­jacket Union dur­ing those con­ve­nient hours , stop by the table and check it out for your­self. You will be enthu­si­as­ti­cally greeted by peo­ple who are eager to answer any ques­tions and give you any infor­ma­tion that you may need. For a full itin­er­ary of the Get Lei’d Safely week go to www.uwsuper.edu for more information.

 

Josh Lee
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