Peer Sexual Health Educators (PSHES)

About

This team of Peer Sexual Health Educators is actually made up of three separate Peer Health Educator groups, the Female Health Educators, the Sexual Health Outreach Team, and the STI Educators. These highly trained Peer Health Educators provide students with sexual health information regarding contraceptive choices; the prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV, and unplanned pregnancies; and healthy communication about sexual choices.

Female Health Educators

"Our mission is to educate and empower Western women to increase their healthy sexual decision making and choices regarding birth control, women’s health, and safer sex through
one-on-one confidential sessions."

The Female Health Educators are Peer Health Educators that provide Western students with free and confidential one-on-one appointments. Sessions include information about first-time pelvic exams and birth control options.

For a free, confidential session please call 360.650.7557 or visit Viking Union 432 to schedule an appointment.

Sexual Health Outreach

"Our mission is to increase students' knowledge and healthy sexual decision making regarding safer sex, sexually transmitted infections and prevention, and partner communication through interactive programs in the resident halls."

The Sexual Health Outreach Peer Health Educators implement programs and events in residence halls and within the local community throughout the academic year. These programs, like Cookies and Condoms and What's Up with Hooking Up are inclusive, interactive, and educate students about safer sex. These programs also include information about partner communication, consent, barrier methods and sexually transmitted infections. These workshops engage students with fun and interactive activities for those who are sexually active and for those who choose not to be. For information about these events or to request an outreach program, please call 360.650.7557 or email catharine.vader@wwu.edu

STI Educators

STI Educators

"Our mission is to educate and empower Western students to increase their healthy sexual decision making and choices regarding sexually transmitted infections and prevention, birth control, women’s health, and safer sex through one-on-one confidential sessions."

The STI Educators are Peer Health Educators that provide Western students with free and confidential one-on-one appointments. Scheduled prior to STI exams at the Student Health Center, sessions include information about STIs, including prevention, communication strategies, signs and symptoms, and treatment options.

For a free, confidential session please call 360.650.7557 or visit Viking Union 432 to schedule an appointment.

Main Messages

  • Respect your physical and emotional needs and limits, and those of your partner(s).
  • One of the best prevention strategies is talking with your partner.
  • Drunk sex jeopardizes safety and consent.
  • High = High Risk.
  • You have the right to decide what sexual behavior you want to engage in, free from pressure and coercion.
  • Sex does not only mean intercourse: it can be touching, kissing, holding, etc.
  • Four steps to great sex: Stop; Ask; Clarify; Respect.
  • If you're concerned about a STI/HIV, get tested. There is help and support available.
  • Contraception (the pill) won't protect you from STIs.
  • Know how to prevent HIV and other STIs. You can protect yourself from some STIs IF-- no semen, vaginal fluid or blood is exchanged.
  • Sexuality is a significant part of being human and has many expressions.
  • Abstinence means many things to different people. From the health perspective, it means not engaging in sexual behavior that may put you at risk for infections or pregnancy.
  • If you have unprotected sex you are at risk for STI's no matter who you are, what your sexual orientation is, or what you look like. STI's are not inhibited by age, gender, socio-economic status, ethnicity, appearance or sexual orientation.
  • You don't have to have intercourse to contract an STI.
  • Condoms, gloves, dental dams and abstinence are all valid means of protecting yourself from pregnancy and some STIs.
  • The more partners you have in a lifetime, the higher your risk.
  • Safer sex can be fun & enjoyable.
  • Protection needs to be used consistently and correctly from start to finish throughout your sexual relationship.
Page Updated 04.11.2014