She delivers so you can, too!
What is the Condom Fairy?
It’s a free a program that sends safer sex supplies and health information right to BU students’ mailboxes! The Condom Fairy makes over 5,000 discreet deliveries each year.
The goals of the program are to
- Remove obstacles to using condoms, such as worries about privacy and embarrassment
- Make condoms and other safer sex supplies easier to access on and off campus
- Encourage students to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Promote enthusiastic consent in sexual relationships
How does it work?
- Oral dams
- Personal lubricant
- Condom Fairy Magazine
After submitting the form, students will get a discreet package in their mailbox within 5 to 7 business days (i.e., Monday – Friday). The package will include their custom order of supplies and information on how to use a condom, ask for consent, and get tested for STDs near campus.
Why do we need this program?
The Condom Fairy directly addresses several public health concerns on college campuses, including:
- High rates of STDs; 1 in 2 sexually active young people will get an STD by the age of 25
- Infrequent condom use; sexually active students use a condom less than 50% of the time
- Barriers to getting condoms; students say buying them is embarrassing, expensive, and inconvenient
What are the benefits to BU students?
Our evaluation shows that the Condom Fairy program supports students’ responsible decision-making:
- 91% of students say it’s easier to practice safer sex because of the program
- 66% of students say they make more responsible decisions because of the program
- 63% of students practice safer sex more often because of the program
- American College Health Association. American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment II: Spring 2016 Reference Group Executive Summary. Hanover, MD: American College Health Association; 2016.
- Bryan AD et al. Increasing Condom Use: Evaluation of a Theory-Based Intervention to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Young Women. Health Psychology 1996, 15(5): 371-382.
- Butler SM et al. Condom and Safer Sex Product Availability among U.S. College Health Centers. Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality 2011, 14.
- Butler SM et al. Assessment of University Condom Distribution Programs: Results of a National Study. Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality 2014, 17.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Incidence, prevalence, and cost of sexually transmitted infections in the United States. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013. http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats/STI-Estimates-Fact-Sheet-Feb-2013.pdf