By Davon Dean |Staff Writer|
“San Bernardino County alone, in 2013, has had 11,000 cases of Chlamydia and 2,048 cases of Gonorrhea. One out of four college students reported having some form of sexually transmitted disease,” said Judi Cruz, Health Education educator.
Let’s Talk about Sex was a successful, informative event allowing students to ask their inner-most embarrassing questions about sex, love, and the most effective way to stay safe when having sex with their partners.
Cruz did not hold anything back when talking about sex . . . and neither did the students.
The event was presented by the Santos Manuel Student Union Cross Cultural Center, in collaboration with the Student Health Center.
The topic of the discussion–sex–allowed Cruz to fully open the floor for candid discussion.
The evening covered consequences of unprotected sex, providing relative statistics that left audiences with no questions regarding the importance of practicing safe intercourse.
Cruz said that it’s imperative for everyone to be fully aware of the pressure of advertisements that gear towards sexual intercourse.
“We live in a society that uses sex to sell everything from lipstick to laptops,” said Cruz.
This event brought a full house, filling more than 300 seats with students and guests. Sophomore Elizabeth said she left home 30 minutes early to get a good seat and not have to deal with waiting in line but was still faced with students awaiting entrance to the event.
“When walking in to the event it felt like a high school dance. There was a live DJ, loud music and a stage that looked like a dance floor,” said alumnus Christopher.
“This event will provide the perfect venue to discuss and teach you how to protect your health,” said Cruz.
Elizabeth also said her parents were very happy she was attending this on-campus event due to them not wanting to talk to her about such a sensitive topic.
Sabrina Fimbi also said this event was an extra credit opportunity but developed a better understanding about sexually transmitted diseases.
Furthermore, Fimbi spoke of people having sexual intercourse, but not having a clear understanding of the risks.
Sophomore Eduardo Cervantes, a worker for the Student Health Center, heard about the event through his department and was excited to be part of it.
“Not only did I learn the steps to take with safe sex, but I also learned how to put together an event,” said Cervantes.
Cruz is available in her office if you have questions or simply would like someone to engage in dialogue.
Her office is located in the Student Health Center.
Let’s Talk about Sex ended with Cruz passing out brochures and Hershey’s Kisses and, of course, she made it rain condoms.