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Sexual Health Awareness and Disease Education (SHADE) is a Boynton Health sexual health peer education group. Because sexually active students are at the greatest risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy, SHADE spends the majority of its time addressing safer sex strategies for those who choose to be sexually active.


Students can join SHADE at any time during the year. There are no requirements that students need to fulfill (e.g., past sexual health education, health advocate work). Send questions about membership to or call (612) 626-4086.


SHADE offers sexual health programs for University of Minnesota fraternities, sororities, residence halls, and any interested campus group. We have one basic programs, Sex Talks & Blow Pops, and three specialty programs on sexual pleasure, contraception, and communication. All programs last one hour. You can request any program but we recommend starting with a basic program. We are also willing to work with your group to design a customized presentation to address a specific topic.

To request a program, please complete our program request form.

Sex Talks & Blow Pops
This introductory program features the famous cartoon Danish sex tape "Sex: A Guide for the Young." Topics covered include proper condom use, sexually transmitted infections, contraception, and consent. Includes free blow pops, safer sex supplies, and our popular series of posters.

What Sex Ed Didn't Teach You
This specialty program focuses on sexual pleasure. Topics covered include sexual anatomy, sexual function, and masturbation. Includes safer sex supplies and our popular series of posters.

Condoms, Pills, and Patches OH MY!
This specialty program focuses on contraception. Topics covered include female reproductive anatomy, ovulation, fertilization, and contraceptive methods. Includes safer sex supplies and our popular series of posters.

Let's Talk About Sex
This specialty program focuses on communication. Topics covered include effective communication between sexual partners, negotiating condom use, and substance use during sexual activity. Includes safer sex supplies and our popular series of posters.


According to the 2010 College Student Health Survey conducted by Boynton Health, 27% of 18-24-year-old University of Minnesota undergraduates were NOT sexually active in the previous year. Sexual activity was defined in this survey as engaging in oral, vaginal, or anal intercourse.

People may define abstinence in different ways. In the context of this webpage, abstinence means refraining from sexual intercourse of any kind (oral, vaginal, or anal) and interactions where bodily fluids or contact that could potentially cause pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are exchanged. Abstinence, if practiced consistently and correctly, can be used to prevent pregnancy and/or transmission of STIs. SHADE strongly supports those students who choose to be abstinent.

STI Facts

Some sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like herpes and genital warts are transmitted by skin-to-skin contact, which means fluid exchange is not necessary to spread them. STIs can also be transmitted through oral sex and anal sex. Many people who have STIs don’t have symptoms, so they may not know they have an STI. Bacterial STIs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea are curable. If left untreated, they can lead to more serious infections such as pelvic inflammatory disease and possibly infertility.

Boynton offers the HPV vaccine to young adults 13-26 years of age. The three shot series protects against seven types of HPV that cause about 85% of cervical cancer and two types that cause about 90.0% of genital warts. Check with your insurance carrier to see if the HPV vaccine is covered.

Emergency Contraception
HIV Testing

Condom Facts

If used consistently and correctly, condoms can be up to 99.0% effective at preventing pregnancy and transmission of sexually transmitted infections. According to the CDC, latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly, are also highly effective in preventing transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. While the effect of condoms in preventing human papilloma virus (HPV) infection is unknown, condom use has been associated with a lower rate of cervical cancer, an HPV-associated disease.

How to Properly Use a Condom

The video above demonstrates the proper way to use a condom. Click the CC button on the video player to turn on/off closed captioning.

  1. Check expiration date.
  2. Squeeze the middle of the condom package. If you do not feel an air bubble, the package has been torn or punctured, and the condom will no longer protect you against pregnancy and diseases.
  3. Tear open the package carefully, without using teeth or fingernails.
  4. Remove condom from package and determine which way the condom will unroll.
  5. Pinch the reservoir tip of the condom to remove any air. (Air will increase the chance of breakage.)
  6. Carefully roll the condom down.
  7. When withdrawing after ejaculation, secure the condom at the base so it doesn’t slip off.
  8. Wrap used condom in toilet paper and throw it in the trash. Do not flush it.


Even though most condoms come pre-lubricated, some additional water- or silicone-based lubricant (like ID Glide or Eros) can help to reduce friction and the chance of the condom breaking. Oil-based lubricants, like Vaseline or lotion, will break down the latex, causing the condom to break.

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Contact Us

SHADE Office
Room 208, Boynton Health

Kate Elwell, Advisor

Spring Office Hours Start January 17

Mondays 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesdays 2:45 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 8 a.m. – noon; 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fridays 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Peer HIV Testing Appointments

To make an appointment for an HIV test, call 612-625-3222.

Please specify "Confidential Peer HIV Test" when scheduling. Confidential Peer HIV testing appointments are available at the following times:

Tuesdays 2:45 - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 8 a.m. – noon
Fridays 11:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.


SHADE meetings will resume spring semester. Meetings are Thursday evenings 6-7 in Boynton room N101

Meet Our Staff

Meet the SHADE Coordinators


SHADE provides many services around campus, including:


2007 Outstanding Undergraduate Campus Life Program of the Year, Awarded by University of Minnesota Student Unions and Activities as part of their “Tony Diggs Excellence Awards: Celebrating University Student Group Contributions”

Free Condoms

Boynton supplies condoms at no charge to University of Minnesota students. Looking for free condoms? Here you go:

More Resources

The Aurora Center (612) 626-9111 (24-hours)
Family Tree Clinic (651) 645-0478
Minnesota AIDS Project (612) 341-2060
MN Family Planning STI Hotline 1-800-78-FACTS
Planned Parenthood 1-800-230-PLAN
Red Door Services, Minneapolis (612) 543-5555
Clinic 555, St. Paul (651) 266-1255

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