Heart Your Parts event held by the Wellness Centre
On Feb. 26, University of Guelph’s Wellness Centre, in association with the Canadian Federation for Sexual Health, held an event called, “Heart Your Parts” at Branion Plaza.
“Heart Your Parts is an event which raises awareness [for] sexual health, and getting tested for any sexually transmitted infections,” explained Wellness Centre member Erin De Jong. “The objective of this presentation [was] to put a positive, upbeat light on sexual health.”
Jong also discussed the importance of the event, stating that it draws attention to protecting yourself from risks associated with sexual behaviour.
“Being sexually active is a basic human right; people just need to be aware of the risks and how to stay healthy and protected.”
The event provided information on various health related issues such as HPV and cervical cancer, and featured free hot chocolate for students stopping by. Members of the Wellness Centre stood by to answer any questions passers-by may have had. There were many pamphlets and resources available to students at this event as well, including some dedicated to the LGBTQ community. They toted slogans such as “PAPs matter – no matter who you have sex with,” and “Regular STI testing and yearly physicals are essential in maintaining good health; no matter whom you love.”
“This is to explain to people that it doesn’t matter who you have sex with – everyone needs to be protected and visit their doctors to get tested,” said another Wellness Centre member, Kimberly Lyons.
PAP tests for females are another very important health procedure, which many females overlook. This is a medical test to check for cervical cancer in females. If you are over the age of 21 or have had any sexual intercourse then you are eligible for a PAP test.
Students with more questions on health-related issues, including mental health and sexual health can visit the Wellness Centre, which is located on the second floor of the J.T. Powell building on campus. The centre is a valuable resource available to students that can provide them with one-on-one support, workshops, information kits and various events, such as Heart Your Parts.
All the members of the Wellness Centre are trained to provide students with the best resources and support available for their varying questions and concerns, as well as information on how to contact a healthcare professional. The Wellness Center is always hosting many health related events, and students can visit the centre for more information on upcoming events hosted at the university.
The event made it clear that students should stay positive and smart about sexual health, heart their parts, and get tested.