By Omar Iniguez and Jasmine McCoy
Pink and red balloons. Chocolates. Hearts everywhere you go. These are just a few things that are synonymous with a day that people either love to hate or go all out for. That’s right, Valentine’s Day.
February 14 is a day that people associate with as a day of love, or in some cases, loneliness. Whatever the case may be, CSUSB hosted an event in the Student Union on February 6, 2020, called “Stay Safe, Valentine!”
The hosts of this event were dedicated to providing useful information on how to stay safe and protected when engaging in relations with your partner.
On top of teaching attendees on how to remain safe, the event hosts even provided a few demonstrations on how to use lubricants and apply protection.
At the end of the informational event, attendees were provided with a gift bag containing condoms, lube, and pamphlets on how to properly use these items.
This year is the second time this event has been hosted.
Melissa Acuna, a host for the event, mentioned that “typically, reproductive health and safer sex, in general, is something that we cover pretty often within our department.”
Acuna said that this year was a pretty good turn out with about twenty students in attendance, considering that many students do not have time to go to events.
“Safe sex is always a big topic on campus. One, it is really important and two, it is a topic that students are really interested in. It’s also a fun topic for us to discuss and we know that it is relevant,” said Acuna.
Freshman student Miguel Marquez said, “I guess it’s going to sound a little weird, but I never really got a lot of this information growing up. The type of traditional Mexican household that I grew up was very withholding with this kind of information so I never really tried asking my parents or my siblings. This event was helpful because I definitely learned a lot of useful information so that I can protect myself.”
Senior Destinee Cabrera also acknowledged the lack of information she received growing up.
“I kind of knew some of the things that were talked about, but there were a few minor topics that surprised me. With the new things I learned, I can definitely talk to my boyfriend about it and that way we take extra steps to be safe. I definitely can’t be having a kid right now,” said Cabrera.