Students learn about condom use

After visiting the Condom Kiosk, some students said they learned a lot about the process of using a condom they had never thought about before.

Condom Kiosk is an interactive presentation offered through Health Services this week at various residence hall locations this week as part of Sexual Responsibiity Week.

Sophomore Micah Taylor said he never considered most of the 15 steps in the process explained by Health Coordinator Julie Sturek.

"Ninety percent of it I didn't think about," he said. "They talked about safe sex, checking the expiration date on condoms, and looking for leaks and holes."

Sturek said students usually learn a lot during these kinds of sessions. She said one thing students often overlook is the difference between using an oil-based lubricant verses a water-based kind. Using an oil-based lubricant, such as baby oil, Vaseline or whipped cream can cause the condom to break, she said.

About half a dozen students attended the first Condom Kiosk. After completing exercises about the myths of sex and the process of properly using and disposing of condoms, students were able to take two free condoms and one free dental dam. Dental dams are used to prevent sexually transmitted infections during oral sex.

Sturek said students may also take five free condoms a day from the Student Health Center.

Sexual Responsibility Week events-

MONDAY-Condom Kiosk at Studebaker West Complex 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
TUESDAY- Sex Tac Toe at Atrium 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Condom Kiosk at DeHority Complex 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
WEDNESDAY- Condom Kiosk at LaFollette Complex 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
THURSDAY- Condom Kiosk at Woodworth Complex 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Spring 2009 statistics from the American College Health Association National College Health Assessment-

  • 21 percent of Ball State students have never had vaginal sex
  • 14.8 percent of students reported four or more sexual partners with in the last year
  • 57.4 percent of Ball State students used methods of contraception the last time they had vaginal intercourse

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