CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News UpdateNORTH CAROLINA: Condom Dispensers Promote Student Health and Safety
The Editorial Board, The Daily Tar Heel
February 21, 2013
The Daily Tar Heel (NC) (02.19.13)
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) plans to install condom dispensers throughout the campus in an effort to promote public health. UNC-CH will install 10 dispensers in locations such as the Rams Head Recreation Center and the Student Union. Currently, students can obtain condoms from Campus Health; however, with the dispensers located across the campus, students now will have private access and more anonymity. Condom usage will prevent the spread of STDs. Young adults are especially vulnerable; nearly half of new STD infections occur among youth between the ages of 15 and 24. STDs cost the United States approximately $17 billion in healthcare costs per year. The condom dispensers will be installed in April.