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.