How did you hear about Volunteering at PHC?
I saw the PHC mobile unit during the Des Moines PRIDE and asked about the opportunities available.

What interests you in volunteering?
It’s a way to spend my free time helping a cause that’s important to me while making the world a better, safer, healthier place.

Why is volunteering in sexual education important to you?
Sex is a topic of extreme taboo in the US. However, sexual health education is a necessity in order to promote and maintain health, safety, consent, and pleasure. I think that working to end the stigma surrounding sex and empower others regarding this topic helps to advance the above values.

John Oliver once said, “Human sexuality, unlike calculus, is something that you actually need to know about for the rest of your life.”

What else do you think is important in the realm of HIV/STI work?

I think it’s important to contextualize STI’s and HIV. People often think that STI’s and HIV are something that make you “dirty” and are the ultimate destruction to one’s sex life and life in general. But what many don’t realize is that STI’s are very common and many are treatable. I think it’s important in this realm of work to make sure sex-education and making this information common knowledge as a priority.

Interested in how you can get involved?

Email John Shaw at to learn about different volunteer opportunities with The Project.

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