Campus Sexual Health

Peer-based sexual health and education have been an integral — if not sometimes controversial — aspect of campus student health since 1970 when the Contraception Counseling and Education Clinic (CCE) was launched at Cowell Hospital, the Student Health Center. Developed in response to changing student needs, undergrads staffed the CCE, assisting with medical pelvic exams and more. The Sexuality Program, a field experience program established in 1973, was one of the earliest peer-based sexuality education programs in the US and continues to exist today as the Sexual Health Education Program (SHEP).

In 1978 a group of sex-positive young men from UC Berkeley’s Sexuality Program started an event they called Condom Day to promote condom use through humor and education. Within two years, this event had grown to many locations becoming National Condom Week (NCW). We continue to celebrate NCW on this campus. However, this past year NCW met with controversy when a conservative student publication superimposed images of school children in front of a sex-themed game that was part of campus NCW activities; the article objected to the fact that young children were exposed to SHEP’s life-size penis, a popular icon of the SHEP program.