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Three thousand UCSB students are perhaps more sexually educated and satisfied, thanks to the school’s May 17 Sex Affair, hosted by sex and relationships interns from the UCSB Student Health Center. The annual event — held on the Women’s Center Lawn — is intended to promote safer sex practices among UCSB students. Thousands of students turned out to wander through the renowned Tunnel of Love, 30 feet of adjoining tents containing examples of birth control and sex toys. The first 750 curious arrivals received goodie bags filled with condoms, candy, lube, and informative flyers. Mark Shishim — the adviser for sex and relationships interns — described the event as having a threefold purpose: to spread awareness about birth control, safe sex, and healthy relationships; to provide resources about sexual health; and to increase comfort with words and ideas pertaining to sex. Shishim explained that couples who openly communicate their values and desires are more likely to use birth control and have more orgasms.  — Devin Thomas

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