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Spring Time = Project Condom Time!

Posted by Ryan Morgan on January 10, 2014 at 10:17 AM
Tell Them‘s January social media campaign asks organizations, programs, and businesses in South Carolina, “What are you doing in 2014 to encourage healthier youth in SC?” By Sarah Wilson Spring is always my favorite time of year in our office. (I work in the Campus Wellness sexual health office at the University of South Carolina.) Spring brings an air of new possibilities – and its not just the budding trees and blooming flowers – its also the excitement it brings to our office. It’s filled with high energy and one of our most popular events – Project Condom. 575956_10150551639902465_1774516624_n This year will mark the seventh season of Project Condom, a runway-style fashion show with garments made of condoms. The show seeks to promote safe and healthy sexual decision making through eliminating the social stigmas regarding condom use, while celebrating protection and respecting others by using condoms when two consenting persons are ready to do so. The show is hosted on campus and attracts hundreds of Carolina students, faculty, and staff. This year’s show, which takes place March 5, 2014, promises to be as popular as ever with guest host, Jennifer Gunsaullus. Dr. Gunsaullus is a sociologist who works as a sexuality and mindfulness speaker. Just three weeks later we’ll be back at again with the Carolina SPEAKS (Students Promoting Education, Awareness, & Knowledge about Sexual Health) conference. This is the first sexual health conference at our campus targeted specifically at students. It aims to positively impact how sexual health and sexuality are discussed at USC. Our office wants to let students know that there are people and resources, both on campus and off, available to them – and often at little to no cost. We want them to see the faces and know that they can feel comfortable asking the questions they think are just too awkward. We’re excited to bring both campus and community partners to the conference and get the conversations started! There are so many reasons to love both of these events, but personally, I love that they are not only highly educational, but also a whole lot of fun. For more information about either of these events, you can contact Danielle Koonce (koonced@mailbox.sc.edu), Sexual Health Program Coordinator or Sarah Wilson (wilson72@mailbox.sc.edu), Sexual Health Graduate Assistant. Both can also be reached at (803) 777-1835.

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