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Student condom use is plunging – and STDs spiking – even as activists make condoms unavoidable

Campus sex activists keep thinking that if they shovel enough condoms in their faces, horny students will start putting them on regularly before sex.

That’s not the case at the University of Minnesota, whose most recent student health survey found “student condom use is lower than ever,” Minnesota Daily reports:

According to the survey, as the use of condoms is lagging from past years, diagnosed sexually transmitted diseases and infections — like chlamydia and genital warts — have increased on campus.

The trend is nationwide, as STDs affect people from ages 15 to 24 more than other age groups, according to a 2014 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That age range accounts for two-thirds of the reported chlamydia and gonorrhea cases. …

Last year, about 52 percent of students said they used a condom the last time they had vaginal intercourse. Dave Golden, Boynton’s director of public health and communications, said this year is the first time that number fell below 60 percent.


Golden credits the fear of pregnancy and subsequent popularity of oral birth control for the spike in STDs.

Condoms were flowing freely at the health center’s Safer Sex Week last week, but condom activist Mateo Frumholtz told the Daily that students are “embarrassed” to ask for condoms and lubricant from him in his dorm room.

And then there’s Tinder, the mobile app that makes no-strings-attached hookups easy:

The Minnesota AIDS Project makes profiles on these “hookup” sites and apps to spread AIDS prevention and testing information, said communications manager Andy Birkey.

He said apps can increase the number of sexual partners people have, which adds to their risk of spreading diseases.

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