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Sexual Health

The Team goal is to improve sexual health knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors across the Florida State University campus through policy and programmatic efforts. Membership is open to any faculty, staff, or student. Have questions? Contact the committee chair, Kelly Grove.

Meeting Times

Fall 2018

  • Meeting dates coming soon

Committee Composition

The Sexual Health team is made up of FSU faculty, staff, students, and community members who are passionate about the sexual health of FSU students. We are always seeking additional voices in our committee to help make Florida State University a healthier university.

Goals & Objectives

All goals and objectives are based on the 2017 NCHA (National College Health Assessment).

  1. Testicular Cancer
    1. Problem
      1. Half of all testicular cancers occur in men between the ages of 20 and 34.
      2. 23% of FSU males reported performing a testicular self-exam in the last 30 days
    2. Tactics
      1. "Grab Your Gonads" promotion
  2. Condom use and STI testing
    1. Problem
      1. % of sexually active FSU students who reported using a condom within the last 30 days (mostly or always)
        1. Oral: 7%
        2. Vaginal: 48%
        3. Anal: 27%
      2. Had unprotected sex due to drinking alcohol: 34%
      3. Tested for HIV: 25%
    2. Tactics
      1. Pull-in presentations
      2. Increase condom distribution
      3. Fast track STI clinic creation
      4. STI testing event with Phi Beta Sigma
      5. Condom Bingo during Seminole Sensation Week
      6. Community Block Party
      7. Ask the Sexpert
      8. Sex in the Dark
  3. Consent
    1. Problem: % of FSU students who reported experiencing the following in the last 12 months
      1. Sexual touching without their consent: 11%
      2. Sexual penetration attempt without their consent: 4%
      3. Sexual penetration without their consent: 2%
    2. Tactics
      1. Pull-in presentations
      2. Event on Objectification
  4. Inclusion
    1. FSU has a diverse student body and we want our programming to be diverse and inclusive
    2. Tactics: Have events specifically designed to reach the following groups
      1. LGBTQIA+ students (12% of FSU)
      2. Black students (8% of FSU)
      3. Hispanic students (18% of FSU)
      4. Socially conservative students
      5. Socially liberal students
      6. Differently Abled students (estimated at 20%)

Present Initiatives

  • Real Talk Real Sex: A sex positive workshop series influenced by student voices. Past workshops included: The Art of Foreplay, 50 Shades of Noles (a workshop on BDSM and Consent), The Anatomy of Pleasure, Decoding Desire, Faith & Sexuality, and Sex and the Spectrum: Queer Sex Ed
  • Drag Condom Bingo. This program is a partnership with Pride Student Union and not your typical bingo. A drag queen hosts and participants find the answers to various LGBT and safer questions on their bingo cards
  • Condom Distribution for RAs in residence life
  • Partnership with Big Bend Cares and Pride Student Union to provide free rapid HIV testing twice a month in the Olgesby Student Union

Past Initiatives

  • Expanding condom distribution locations on campus. Previous location was just in Health Promotion and the Health and Wellness Center. Expansion now includes the Student Life Cinema, Dirac Library, Strozier Library, Olgesby Student Union, Pride Student Union, and Women Student Union
  • Championing for funding from Student Government Association to maintain free rapid HIV testing

Data Driving our Work

  • According to the CDC, half of all new sexually transmitted diseases occur among young people aged 15 to 24 years.
  • Leon County was ranked 1st for the rates of Chlamydia, Syphilis, and Gonorrhea in 2017
  • Leon County was ranked 8th for the rates of new HIV infection in 2017
  • NCHA data (see Goals and Objectives for specific data points)
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