Sexual Health And Relationship Counselors (SHARC) -formerly known as PCC- is a group of undergraduate students who counsel on issues related to sexual health, contraception, STIs and testing, relationships, dating, and other topics related to sexual health. Our office is stocked with different brands of condoms, lube, dental dams, internal (‘female’) condoms, and more! Counselors are on hand and can be reached by phone during our hours to answer any questions and provide information and non-directive, non-judgmental counseling. Founded in 1977, SHARC is the second-oldest peer counseling group at Harvard.
The discussion began when we were shown data from the HUHS Health Assessment from Spring of 2016. It showed that only 45.6% of students always use a barrier method (external condom or internal condom) during vaginal sex, only 41.9% of students always use a barrier method during anal sex, and only 4.3% of students always use a barrier method (external condom or dental dam) during oral sex.
Because of this we knew that we had to be doing more. Sexual Health Education on campus had been scarce until we created Sexual Health 101 in 2014. We are excited to start doing more work out in the community to try to move the needle on some of these data measures.
For this of you wondering what the difference is between a Peer Education Group and Peer Counseling Group we created some information to try to help clarify. If you ever have other questions don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are available in our office in Thayer basement, Mondays-Wednesdays from 7pm to 12am, for private, confidential counseling! We also have a huge array of sexual health supplies in our office. Our old office, located in Harvard University Health Services, is no longer available due to renovations.
There are many places on campus to get free condoms: during our dining hall office hours, Women's Center, Room 13, Contact, Office of BGLTQ Life, Center for Wellness, BSC, and every upperclassmen house and freshman dorm!