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Sexual Health In College: How Does Your School Measure Up?

The word University is derived from the Latin “universitas” which refers to “a number of persons associated into one body”.  Funny we should mention it, because -as any University graduate can attest to- many students spend a great deal of time getting associated with their classmate’s bodies.  While some spend hours pouring over Greek history and Latin, others pull all-nighters boning up for an anatomy pop-quiz.

Students have long used the college experience as a means for experimentation, but they need be aware that sexual activity has real and long lasting consequences:

  • 2 out of 3 sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) occur in people under the age of 25
  • 1 in 4 students will contract an STI during their college years
  • 3 out of 10 girls will be pregnant at least once before their 20th birthday
  • In 2011, 24 percent of all new cases of HIV were young people age 13-24
  • Unplanned teen pregnancies cost taxpayers $10.9 billion annually

In light of these and other staggering statistics, schools have a duty to protect their students by educating them about sexual health.  However, only 22 states currently require sexual health education in public schools.

To encourage educational efforts and reward colleges that promote sexual health awareness and safe-sex practices, Trojan Condoms compiles an annual sexual health report card.  This card looks at 141 universities throughout the United States and awards a GPA based on their sexual health programs, with extra marks given to those schools which made condoms available,  had a student health center, and offered HIV testing.

 

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