‘Sexperts’ educate on what’s right and what’s wrong



“Can you get HIV from kissing?” “Are there any side effects to Plan B?” “What is douching, and is it safe?”

Students heard the answers to the these questions Wednesday afternoon at an open forum held as part of “Safer Sex Secrets Week” on campus. The event was co-hosted by the University Health Services PAWS Center, the Student Activities Board and the Student Health Advisory Council.

On a quest to right the sexual misconceptions of college students, Fadyia Lowe marched through the Student Center passing out “Sex in the Sack” goodie bags bringing people into the Center Theater to talk about everyone’s favorite subject — sex.

“We even have Woody,” Lowe said, grinning and holding up a wooden penis.

Lowe, a health education coordinator, and three other “Sexperts” sat on the stage and had a casual informative session for the handful of students that drudged through the snow to get answers.

Awkward giggles floated around the room as Joann Brown, a nurse practitioner, tried to dispel as much discomfort as possible. The goal is to make people less shy by being as blunt as possible, Brown said.

Jennifer Weiler, an art history freshman, said she came because she is a virgin and wanted to learn about sex.

“I’ve never had sex, and I’m not planning to anytime soon, but I thought this might be stuff I need to learn eventually,” Weiler said. “I don’t talk to other people about this stuff.”

The “Sexperts” addressed false information they felt students may have been given about sex. Brown said the thing she finds surprising when speaking is not the questions people ask, but the amount of misinformation students have.

“You would think nowadays people would be more educated,” Brown said. “But there is so much false information floating around on the Internet, in songs and even from friends.”

Some of the sexual lessons learned at the forum included: Plan B is $30 cheaper at the student health pharmacy, annual exams at the clinic are free, you cannot contract HIV from kissing and douching is not a safe practice. And most importantly, don’t open condoms with your teeth.

“As sexy as it may be to open a condom with your teeth, I do not recommend doing it,” Brandy Reeves, a health education coordinator, said. Ejaculation can exit the penis at speeds up to 28 mph and with any small tear in the condom it can result in a break, she said.

“I can admit I was using a condom the wrong way,” said Reggie Smith, a business freshman.

Although Lowe may not have fixed all sexual issues on campus, for one hour she got a message across to a small group of UK students.

“Spread the love, wear a glove and don’t give anyone the clap,” Lowe said.