The Patriot (Florence, SC) (10.03.12)
The Nursing Department and the Student Health Center at Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C., recently collaborated to present a program called, “Straight Talk Sex Education,” to the university students. The program discussed sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) unplanned pregnancies, and protection methods. Dr. Karen Thompson, associate professor of nursing, stated that the purpose of the talk was not to force abstinence, but to educate the students about safe sex.
In the first part of the presentation, Tracy Aniello, manager of health services, described types of STDs, STD transmission, symptoms, and treatments. Aniello focused on types of STDs that students would come in contact with, particularly chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and human papillomavirus (HPV), as the Student Health Center has seen cases of these diseases in students. She also discussed unplanned pregnancy. Aniello stated that in 2011, the Student Health Center saw 26 unplanned pregnancies and they have already seen five this semester. Dr. Thompson presented information about contraceptives and STD prevention. She spoke about condoms, birth control pills, and Plan-B, and informed the students that the Student Health Center provided condoms at no cost and Plan-B One Step (the morning-after pill) for purchase at $15.00. Both speakers encouraged students who have questions to e-mail them or contact the student health center by phone.