Despite contradictory perspectives, college students are having sex. College-age students engage in high-risk sexual behavior despite their relatively higher rates of both sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy compared to other age groups. Several studies suggest that the majority of college students rely on campus health clinics or condom distribution programs for obtaining contraceptives. Because of the prevalence in college students, this study was targeted toward full-time, sexually-active Valparaiso University students (aged 18-24). The researchers hypothesized that sexually-active students at Valparaiso University who were unaware of campus availability of contraceptives participated in unprotected sex more often than sexually-active students who were aware of availability on campus. Based on the findings of this study, education and advertisement for contraceptives is likely inadequate. Since contraceptive use decreases the occurrence of both sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy, it is beneficial that students be made aware of the availability on campus.
Cole, Katherine; Johnson, Charlotte; and Marimen, Megan, "Awareness of Contraceptive Availability at Valparaiso University" (2013). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 239.