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Condoms on Campus - Nonexistent?

I haven't blogged in a while...vacation seems to fry my brain. What is supposed to recharge my batteries actually makes me a bit groggy. But have no fear, I'm back, ready to tackle all that our society has to throw at us (or all that we create for that matter). Today's issue - a recent blog in the Huffington Post.

Liz Funk, in her post "Where's the Trojan Man When You Need Him?" conveys her concerns about unprotected sexual encounters on campus and attributes them to more than than the banal notion of young adult invincibility  - she attributes them to the rise in abstinence-only sexuality education and the lack of accurate, positive sexuality messages inherent in these so-called educational interventions.

I have to say, as a member of the AIDS generation - the kids who grew up full well knowing what would happen if we had condomless sex - I still wouldn't consider sex without a condom (and I am married). Part of this is because the use of condoms was so ingrained in us at an early age. Telling us (even at 13 and 14) about the importance of safer sex didn't encourage casual sexual escapades. In actuality, it provided us with the tools to make good decisions about sex, when we were ready. For some people, that may have been the next day, for others, years from that afternoon health class.

When people (like "Patti" in the HuffPo Blog) say that condoms "freak them out", I become incensed and simultaneous fearful for our future. What freaks me out are the risks that people are willing to take for a few minutes of passion (and oh yeah, in college - how much great sex are people actually having at the neighborhood frat party?).

Tell me something - has abstinence only education affected your perception of risk? I would love to know.

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You know, that would make a great "Dateline" or something. I want to hear the perspectives of teens who have only received abstinence-only education.

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