Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention on College Campuses
College campuses are a breeding ground for sexually transmitted diseases. Students are free to do what they want and make their own decisions; for the first time in many studentsâ€™ lives, parents are not behind the studentsâ€™ decisions. Most high school seniors expect that college will be a big party, filled with late nights, alcohol, and no supervision. But what they donâ€™t realize is that drinking and partying can lead to risky sexual behavior, which can put you at great risk for contracting a sexual transmitted disease.
According to Joseph Califano, former United States secretary of health, â€œdrinking and doing drugs often leads young people to engage in more sexual activity than they intended to partake in, and more importantly, to unprotected sex.â€ (ABC NEWS)
College freshman, although aware that sexual transmitted diseases exist, do not realize that they could contract one of these diseases. Nor do they know what diseases are out there, what the symptoms are, and where they can go to receive help.
No matter how well police departments and stores enforce the legal drinking age, underage alcohol use (as well as legal alcohol â€œover useâ€) will be a problem. Some believe that alcohol is an inexpensive way to drown your problems, become more social, and fit in. It is a fact that alcohol can cause inhabitations to be lowered. Thus, after having a few drinks, many students do things they would not other wise do. According to a random survey, done by the Kaiser Family Foundation, of 1,200 adolescents and young adults, (ages 13 to 24) â€œ29 percent of sexually active 15-24 year olds say they have â€œdone moreâ€ sexually than they had planned while drinking or using drugs,â€ additionally, â€œ74 percent say their peers â€œoften do not use condoms when they are drinking or using drugs.â€