UCLA Bruins & Sex? Say it ain’t so! Although some college students tend to overestimate how much sex others are having or think that everyone is not “doing it”, there is no “normal”, right or wrong amount to have. In fact, 51.5% of undergraduate UCLA Bruins self-report having NEVER engaged in sexual activity*. What truly matters here is what is right and/or pleasurable for you –and- when you’re ready ( even if this includes sexual abstinence ).
So what does this have to do with SHEP, you ask? SHEPs’ goal is to foster a healthy, sexuality-positive campus environment by providing Bruins with comprehensive sexual health education, safer sex materials and resources to support (and/or further support) Bruins’ journey towards becoming informed, confident, sexually healthy (young) adults**.
Furthermore, in an effort to remain aware of sexual health issues, institutional culture and policies impacting students well-being, we partner with student leaders (i.e. SHEP Peer Health Education Interns (PHEIs), Student Wellness Committee (Sexperts, SHAs, Bruin Consent Coalition ), staff, faculty and sit on campus-wide committees.
Our core values,
- Enhance Bruins sexual health and consent awareness through education. Being informed is the first step in taking charge of your sexual health, whether or not you are currently sexually active. Optimal sexual health requires understanding your physical, emotional, and psychological wants and needs and ensuring that consent is given/received every step of the way.
- Empower Bruins in feeling comfortable with their bodies and making informed decisions about their sex and sexuality, including whether or not to be sexually active.
- Increase Bruins’ sense of self-efficacy to make informed decisions regarding their sexual health.
- Cultivate an inclusive and sex-positive sexual health campus culture by addressing institutional barriers and providing relevant educational resources that are inclusive of all races/ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations and levels of sexual knowledge and experience practices.
Sexual health and sexuality are relevant to all of us - whether you’re abstinent, a sexual novice, very experienced
It doesn't matter whether you are single, dating, in a relationship; it doesn’t matter how you identify yourself sexually. Sexuality is part of who you are, and healthy sexuality is important to your overall wellness. You should have as much information as possible to make informed choices about sexuality.
*UCLA SAIRO - NCHA 2021
**A sexually healthy (young) adult is a person who understands that sexual intimacy represents various outcomes ranging from pleasure to conception to transmission of sexually transmitted infections; and who engages in active learning, decision-making, communication and behaviors that eliminate or reduce risk for unplanned pregnancy and/or STI transmission.
We invite you to learn more about the following topics so you can make informed decisions about your sexual health:
Learn more about consent, healthy communication and relationships, and more!The Sexual Reprise
Join members of the UCLA Sexual Health Coalition (DJ Beans and DJ Tofu Heartburn) as we bring in guests to discuss various aspects of sexual health, pleasure, and politics, play sexy tunes, and generally have a good time.
The Ashe Center offers testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as part of a primary care visit, or ordered individually through the Patient Portal for self-testing.
According to Stanford University’s Sexual Health Peer Resource Center, 1 in 4 college students have a sexually transmitted infection (STI). And, statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that although people ages 15-24 represent only 25% of the sexually active population, they account for more than half of the new STD diagnoses each year.
When asked, most students say they would know if they had an STI, but unfortunately, they’d be wrong. The truth is many of STIs have no signs or symptoms in the majority of people infected, or they have mild symptoms that can be easily overlooked, but may progress over time to cause serious health problems.
If you’ve had unprotected sex, have a new partner (or more than one partner), or for any reason are worried you have been exposed to an STI, talk to your healthcare provider at The Ashe Center about these leading common STIs: chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, herpes, HPV, syphilis and trichomoniasis.
Don’t have time for a primary care visit? Log on to the Ashe Center Patient Portal and follow the prompts to order self-testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).