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OREGON: Carnival of Condoms Bridges Fun, Sexual Health Education


Corvallis Gazette-Times (02.15.12) - Thursday, February 16,

As Marina Cameron and Drew Blank walked across Oregon State University's (OSU) Memorial Union Quad following their ballroom dance class on Tuesday, they encountered the Valentine's Day-themed "Condom Carnival." The event offered students the chance to answer sexual health trivia questions and obtain STD and HIV prevention information. "We're having fun, as well as providing education," said Antonio Torres, Student Health Services' sexual health educator graduate assistant. The carnival was scheduled as part of National Condom Awareness Day and OSU's Sexual Responsibility Week.

Most attendees, like Cameron and Blank, stopped by between classes. "I thought, 'Oh, there's [tables and tents] out there, I think I'll walk that way,'" said Nick Atsma, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering. Atsma participated in a condom toss and spun the "Wheel of Sex" trivia game. He could not provide the name of a bacterial STD but did know that antibiotics can treat these types of infection.

Carnival volunteer and Peer Health Advocates member Chris McFarland said the students who stopped by left with new information on sexual health. The annual event is an important way to reach and educate a constantly changing student population, he said. PHA, the Sexual Health Advisory Group, the Pride Center and Male Advocates for Responsible Sexuality helped organize this year's carnival.


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