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There are 4 comments on The Condom Fairy Turns 10

  1. I love that this program exists! I went to BU when Westling was president with Silber as chancellor. I still remember Silber’s comment when students pushed for condoms on campus: “If you aren’t smart enough to know where to get them, you’re not smart enough to be in college”
    I’m glad we’re in a different place today. Thanks to everyone who makes this happen.

  2. Silber had a good point, it hits a nerve, institutions should not be complicit, parents need to sign off, they are paying the bills! What is it we doing to our young everywhere, as it is indirectly contributing to young women and men’s using each others bodies without providing an alternative to this immature, risky behavior. We raised 4 young adults, they are so grateful they made it through college with fundamental respect for their body and most especially someone else’s body. BU is a reputable institution, things like this make it seem the adults in the room are less educated about the best personal choices for a path to excellent, long term, overall behavioral health. Bright students abound at BU, trust they will make great choices as opposed to only one promoted choice, maybe with an approach of all the facts good & bad and current ID transmission stats or (13% guttmacher) failed contraception.

    1. The spirit of public health is harm reduction – making sure that people are able to make choices about their health with all the information possible and that their environment is as healthy as possible. This program is not “only one promoted choice.” It’s not required. It is far from the only service Student Health offers. It has resulted in increased awareness of STI testing and yes, contraception can fail, but it’s certainly better than using nothing at all. Students are indeed making great choices about their health when this program is available to them. And no, parents do not need to sign off on their adult children’s sexual behavior.

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