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UCLA Students Provide Dialogue About Sexual Health Through Humor, Creativity

WESTWOOD ( — Humor, creativity and personal stories are part of the repertoire of a performance troupe at UCLA.

The group, known as the UCLA Sex Squad, consists of undergraduate students from the Westwood-based campus.

As KNX 1070's Ed Mertz reports, the students use art, poetry, song and theater to open up dialogue about sexual health and communication and usually perform before students from the LAUSD on a variety of topics.

"How to have safe sex or how to say 'No, I actually don't want to have sex.' These scenarios come from the personal stories and experiences of sex squad members," said Lakhiyia Hicks, the director and instructor.

The group will host "Valentine's Day with the UCLA Sex Squad," two live performances at the Glorya Kaufman Hall. The events are scheduled to take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The shows are fundraisers that have an impact, says Gabrielle, a UCLA student and sex squad member.

"We'll just have kids come up to us after the show and say, 'Hey, thank you for sharing that. That was so impactful. I totally relate to that,' " she said.

The UCLA Sex Squad is part of the UCLA Art & Global Health Center's AMP!, which the school says, is an arts-based sexual health program for thousands of students, both in high school and college, according to a news release.

For more information about the performances, click here.

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