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Common Condom Myths: What You Really Need to Know

several condoms in packages without brandIn light of the fact that April is STD Awareness Month, we’re taking a look at what students really need to know about staying protected against STDs. According to the CDC, half of new STD infections occur among high school and college-age people, and the age group between 15 and 24 accounts for 25 percent of the sexually active population in the U.S.

Many colleges encourage students to use condoms and get tested regularly, yet these efforts often do not provide students with all the information they need to stay protected against STDs. Although many college students are savvy about avoiding unwanted pregnancies, staying safe against diseases like HPV, gonorrhea and chlamydia is too often a secondary concern.

It all comes down to condoms, which are the only effective means of preventing sexually transmitted diseases from spreading for sexually active people. Most colleges and universities provide students with free condoms, yet students do not always ch0ose to use them. We take a look at common condom myths, and some expert rebuttals.

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Boston High Schoolers Make the Case for Free Condoms

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Students Meet with Boston City Council. Image via CBS Boston.

This week, high school students, educators and health experts met with members of the Boston city council to discuss making free condoms available in schools. Those in favor of the measure are using New York as a model, where condoms have been freely available in schools for 17 years.

“I think that teens are responsible and they want to make the right decisions for themselves, but they need the tools to make them,” said 17-year-old Kimpsha Grant in the meeting. Many hope that the measure will also improve sex education in schools. “It would be healthy because kids would learn how to do things in a safe manner,” said Samantha Brea, another student.

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Have Sex and Do Good with Sir Richard’s Condoms

Sir Richards Although most colleges provide students with free condoms, some may wish to upgrade their safe-sex with a package of Sir Richard’s condoms. Not only do these designer condoms come in appealing plaid packages, they are also helping promote safe sex in developing countries. For every condom you buy from Sir Richard’s, they will donate a condom to a country in need. This not only stems the spread of Sexually Transmitted Infections, but it also supports women’s rights and sexual health.

Described as the “Toms Shoes of Condoms” by Refinery 29, Sir Richard’s is currently teaming up with Partners in Health Haiti to distribute condoms among people who have been displaced by the 2010 earthquake. Though Partners in Health Haiti, about two million condoms a year are distributed at 11 different locations.

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Bisexual NYC Teens Engaging in Risky Sexual Behavior

couple with flowersA Youth Risk Behavior Survey done in high schools in 2005 and 2007 within the New York City area shows that sexually active teens are engaging in risky sexual behavior. Students that report having sexual partners of both sexes have higher rates of violence, forced sexual behavior and risky sexual behavior.

Over 17,000 public health surveys were analyzed and the findings showed that over a third of the teens that were surveyed identified themselves as straight although they had experienced same sex sexual encounters. This study has shown that having sexual partners of both sexes increases risk of associated dangers. Of the girls with both male and female partners, 35.8 percent stated they had experienced dating violence during the previous year. Of the males with both male and female sexual partners, 34.8 percent stated they experienced dating violence during the previous year. Read the rest of this entry »

The Dangers of Sharing Too Much Personal Information Online

girl with laptopWe all know that you need to be careful about what you put up on Facebook. Those drunken pictures from last weekend might come back to bite you when a future employer is doing a background check on you. But what about sending information to your friends? Turns out, that might not be the best idea either.

Karen Owen graduated from Duke University in 2010. She recently compiled a 42-slide Powerpoint presentation titled “An Education Beyond the Classroom: Excelling in the Realm of Horizontal Academics.” In this presentation, Owen gives detailed accounts of 13 Duke athletes she had been sexually involved with. She ranks each guy, according to their physiques, sexual prowess, and other factors. Read the rest of this entry »

Forever 21 Launches Trendy Teenage Maternity Clothes

Forever 21 Love 21 LineAfter the premiere of the popular television show The Secret Life of the American Teenager, teen pregnancy is slowly becoming more socially acceptable. Surprisingly, parents are finding themselves encouraging safe sex campaigns sponsored by Planned Parenthood as opposed to abstinence only campaigns endorsed in the past.

Yet despite the new lax on society morals, controversy comes into the media again as the popular teen clothing line chain Forever 21 launches a new maternity line called Love 21.

Love 21 will be in Texas, California, Arizona, Alaska and Utah this month. Three of those states have traditionally high rates of teen pregnancy, however Larry Meyer, Forever 21 Executive Vice President told the press that, “any connection between the locations of stores carrying the line and pregnancy rates is a coincidence.” Read the rest of this entry »


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