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CSULB StudentsSexual Health Awareness Workshop (SHAW)

SHAW is a free and confidential workshop.

Call the Health Resource Center at 562.985.4609 to make an appointment.

  • Please arrive early or on time.

  • Workshops begin on schedule.

  • If you arrive late, you will need to reschedule.


During this fun and interactive workshop, we will discuss:

  • Birth Control Methods
  • STIs and HIV
  • The Well Woman Exam: Pelvic Exam, Breast Exam, and Medical History; May include: Pap Test, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Tests
  • Safer sex tips
  • Partner Communication


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a Well Woman Exam?

    A well woman exam includes:

    • A review of your health history
    • A physical exam that includes a pelvic exam and clinical breast exam.
    • STI tests for chlamydia or gonorrhea (optional)
    • May or may not include a laboratory test called a Pap test, depending on your age.
  • Who can attend the workshop?

    Everyone is welcome to attend the workshop. We strongly encourage you to bring a friend, your partner, etc.

  • I heard it is required if you want to get on the pill. Is this true?

    The workshop is not required; however, it is strongly recommended for women who have never used hormonal contraceptives, such as birth control pills, the NuvaRing, or Depo Provera. The workshop is also recommended for women who have never had a well woman exam. The knowledge you gain from this workshop will help you with your family planning decisions and having a healthy sex life.

  • When do I get my prescription for birth control?

    After you have completed the workshop, you will have a gynecological exam/Pap test with a female clinician. At this time, your clinician will give you a prescription to fill at our pharmacy.

    If you have had a well woman visit in the last year, you do not need another exam. To get your prescription, make an appointment at the front desk after attending the workshop.

  • What if I cannot make it to the workshop due to a schedule conflict?

    If you cannot attend the regularly scheduled times that we offer, we will attempt to provide you with an individual session at a more convenient time. Call the Health Resource Center for more information (562) 985-4609 and to schedule your appointment.