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Trojan Sexual Health Report Card ranks top schools in nation for sexual health resources

With thousands of students contracting sexually transmitted diseases on college campuses each year, the annual Trojan Sexual Health Report Card is a way to gauge what sexual health resources and services are available to students. The study, which was funded by Trojan Brand Condoms and conducted by Sperling's BestPlaces, ranked 141 schools and assigned each one a numerical rank and a GPA based on a variety of factors.

This year, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign took the top spot away from last year's winner, Columbia University, reported The study put each school on an even playing field and based their evaluations on student services like condom availability, sexual health programming, lecture/outreach programs, peer groups and sexual health information on the school's website. Additionally, STD testing, contraception availability and even the hours of operation of the health center were factored into the study's rankings.

While the Illini took the top spot in the rankings, the top 10 also included a bevy of Ivy League schools like Brown, Yale and Princeton, as well as Big 10 schools like the University of Iowa and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. On the other side of the spectrum, there were some surprises at the bottom of the rankings, including Brigham Young University and the U.S. Air Force Academy, which ranked No. 140 and 141, respectively.

Ultimately, the Trojan Sexual Health Report Card has ignited a bit of a rivalry between institutions all over the country to try to improve their sexual health outreach programs and services to keep their student bodies safe. By providing access to sensible sexual education, colleges can dramatically reduce their STD rates and showcase a progressive approach to sexual health.