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USA’s Sexuality Education and Counseling Organization Celebrates 50 Years of Sex Education – Golden Gate Xpress

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EROS members and the campus community gathered on Tuesday to discuss bodily autonomy and sexual confidence.

The sexuality education and referral organization celebrated its 50th anniversary of dedication to promoting a healthy relationship with sexuality on campus on Wednesday.

The organization is a student associate program that was started in 1972 and later educated the campus community during the HIV and AIDS pandemic.

EROS Deputy Director Jaelyn Galasinao Sanidad said the organization was created at a time when there was a desperate need for sexual health education and products, especially within the queer community.

“50 years ago there was a lot going on within the queer community regarding health like HIV and AIDS, and a lot of stigma was going around that wasn’t really real information,” Sanidad said. “So essentially what EROS does is we donate our resources, our health products, and fight this misinformation.”

Compared to the height of the AIDS and HIV pandemic, EROS members also reflected on the overthrow of Roe v. Wade and the recent monkeypox emergency.

“It’s the default here in this country to watch people’s bodies,” Sanidad said. “The people who make the laws don’t fully represent the people or those who are marginalized.”

Sanidad believes people should be confident in their sexuality and make their own decisions about their bodies.

“I hope that when people attend our events, they feel empowered to speak for their own bodies, that they have bodily autonomy and have the right to choose what they want,” said said Sanidad. “And once you’re able to reclaim that, you can tap into some inner power and find community along the way.”

EROS held an event Wednesday at the Cesar Chavez Student Center to provide condoms and other safer sex supplies. They also hosted an open forum to talk about sex through games such as “Red Flags” and “Devine the STI”.

Jasmine Zepeda, office assistant for the EROS office, said that this organization enlightens and educates the field of sexuality.

“What the program does is much more important than me,” Zepeda said. “I think knowledge and education leads to an open mind and education is very important in terms of sexuality.”

Sanidad said that the information provided by EROS is a human right.

“Everyone should have a right to this information and education because it’s health,” Sanidad said. “Health has no binary, no gender, no sexuality and everyone has the human right to good health and to the resources they need to maintain their health.”