Colleges throughout the U.S. are taking a new approach when it comes to educating students about sexually transmitted disease awareness and safe sex. They're hiring an outside company called The Condom Casino Tour to hold fun, interactive events for students.
The tour's website states that it features a "unique combination of casino play masterfully intertwined with topics like safe sex, sexual consequences, sexual choices and sexual identity." Games include new spins on traditional casino games such as "Beer Google Blackjack," "Texas Cond'em," "STD Bingo" and "5 Card Foreplay Poker." However, instead of using money to play, students use special chips and win condoms as prizes.
Additionally, representatives who visit college campuses for the tour avoid morals or ethics. Instead, they are focused on educating participants about the dangers of unprotected sex, the use of birth control and how alcohol can impact decision-making.
According to The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, research shows alcohol plays a role in the spread of STDs on college campuses as well as the incidence of unplanned pregnancies. Individuals who use alcohol and drugs are also more likely to have multiple sexual partners and engage in unprotected sex.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that individuals between the ages of 15 and 24 acquire nearly half of all new STDs. Some of the more common STDs on college campuses include chlamydia and gonorrhea. In addition, many people acquire HPV infection during their adolescent years.
Health officials say these and other STDs can often be asymptomatic, so individuals don't know they're infected and unknowingly pass the infections on to their sexual partners. Sexually active individuals of all ages should discuss their risk factors for various STDs and undergo screenings if necessary.