As InTouch PHAs, we aim to create an honest and sex-positive environment to discuss sexual health and healthy relationships that is inclusive to all identities, experiences, and ways of having sex. We educate our peers on sexual health, healthy relationships, and on- and off-campus resources through workshops and events. In doing so, we empower UChicago students to make their own decisions about their sexual health and relationships. We combat stigma against sex and intimacy through open dialogue about personal and interpersonal wellness in order to thrive as a campus community.
Sex in the Dark
In Autumn 2022, the InTouch PHAs partnered with Project Reproductive Freedom to host six panelists from Student Wellness, UChicago CARES, the Ryan Center at UChicago Medicine, Planned Parenthood, and Early 2 Bed for an anonymous Q+A about sex. From sexual health practices, to navigating awkward conversations about consent and boundaries, to exploring sexual pleasure - our experts shared their knowledge and opinions.
The Birth Control Panel
In Winter 2021, InTouch hosted a panel with sexual health professionals from Juno4Me, Howard Brown Health, and UChicago Student Wellness for The Birth Control Panel! Sexual health professionals answered questions about birth control, including debunking common misconceptions, the tea on side effects, exploring different birth control options, costs (including financial assistance, sliding scale pay, and/or transportation each organization offers -- with or without insurance!), confidentiality, how to get a prescription, and more! InTouch PHAs also spoke to their personal experiences with different types of birth control, including what factors played into their decision of which method(s) to use, their experiences switching birth control methods, and their experiences with their family when seeking or obtaining birth control for the first time
InTouch x MoM PHAs: Sexual Health & Healthy Relationships During COVID-19
What does it mean to build a relationship with yourself during COVID-19 through self-care? What do consent and sexual health look like during COVID-19? How do I set boundaries in relationships, or start difficult conversations with my friends about our expectations about socializing during COVID-19? In Winter 2021, InTouch and Mind over Matter hosted a collaborative workshop to explore these questions and more!
SAAP x InTouch PHAs Present: Battle of the Rom-Coms
In Spring 2021, InTouch collaborated with Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention (SAAP) for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)! In this event, they dissected how relationship health, consent, and intimate partner violence are depicted in some of the most iconic relationships from your favorite rom-com movies and tv shows! From Friends' Ross and Rachel to Grease's Sandy and Danny, they broke down the dynamics of famous movie and tv show relationships while discussing healthy vs. unhealthy communication, how to set boundaries, conflict resolution, healthy breakups, normalizing conversations about sex, rape culture, toxic masculinity, labels, and more!
SAAP x InTouch PHAs Present: Consent 101
InSpring 2021, InTouch collaborated with Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention (SAAP) again for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)! In this event, they went over consent 101 -- the definition of consent, what consent looks like in romantic/sexual as well as non-romantic/non-sexual scenarios, how to set boundaries in a relationship, the notion of consent beyond yes, and more!
STIs, STI Prevention, & Communicating Your Status
The InTouch PHAs discussed everything having to do with STIs: myths, symptoms, testing, prevention, communicating your status to others, and more! They also explored narratives surrounding STIs and how we may have learned (or not learned) about them growing up, answered FAQ about STIs, and went through demos of how to use external condoms, internal condoms, and dental dams!